Opioid addiction is a chronic disease that requires ongoing medical management. Suboxone® is a prescription medication that eases drug cravings and withdrawal symptoms, helping those struggling with an opioid addiction abstain from using. Johnnie Turner, MD, is an experienced family medicine physician who provides Suboxone at Endurance Clinic in Naperville, Illinois. To find out more about Suboxone and how it might help you, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Suboxone is a Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved medication to treat opioid addiction or opioid use disorder. It’s part of medication-assisted treatment (MAT), which combines medication with behavioral therapy to help those struggling with addiction during their recovery.
Suboxone contains buprenorphine and naloxone.
Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist. It acts on the same opioid receptors in the brain as full opioid agonists (methadone), but to a lesser degree. It eases drug cravings and controls withdrawal symptoms, but taking more of the drug doesn’t increase the effects, reducing the risk of misuse.
Naloxone is an opioid agonist, reversing the effects of the opioids. Naloxone is used to treat opioid overdose. It remains inactive in Suboxone unless you misuse the drug.
Suboxone is a sublingual medication that dissolves under the tongue in your mouth. If you inject Suboxone, you activate the naloxone, sending you immediately into withdrawal.
Dr. Turner at the Endurance Clinic determines if you’re a candidate for Suboxone after a comprehensive evaluation. It’s prescribed to treat opioid addiction.
If you’re struggling with an opioid addiction and ready to get help, then you may benefit from Suboxone at the Endurance Clinic.
Dr. Turner explains what you can expect during Suboxone treatment. You start treatment at the office. You must stop taking all opioids before starting Suboxone. Taking Suboxone with opioids in your system sends you right into withdrawal.
Dr. Turner has you start on a low dose of the medication and schedules an appointment the next day to see how you’re doing and then give you your next dose. He continues to increase the dose of your Suboxone until you reach your maintenance dose, which is the dose that provides the most relief from drug cravings.
You continue on your Suboxone maintenance dose while you participate in behavioral therapy.
Together, you and Dr. Turner decide when you can stop taking Suboxone. He may suggest stopping the medication when you both feel you can manage your recovery without it. Dr. Turner slowly weans you off Suboxone to prevent withdrawal symptoms.
He continues to monitor your health and well-being and provides other treatments as needed to support your recovery.
However, you can remain on Suboxone for as long as necessary.
To find out more about Suboxone treatment at the Endurance Clinic, call the office or schedule a consultation online today.