Suboxone recap - what it is and how does it work?

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Suboxone is an FDA-approved medication recommended to treat opioid dependence. It is a controlled substance and it has been classified as a Schedule 3 (III) prescription drug. That means it has been accepted for medical use but, because it may cause physical or psychological dependence and may be abused, the use of the drug must be regulated. 

Suboxone use is strictly regulated

Under the Drug Addiction Treatment Act (DATA) codified at 21 U.S.C (Controlled Substance Act, §823(g), prescription use of Suboxone in the treatment of opioid dependence is limited to physicians who meet certain qualifying requirements. 

Any physician intending to prescribe Suboxone must notify the Secretary of Health and Human Services and must be assigned a unique identification number that they will include on every prescription. Moreover, only doctors who received special training and certification through the U.S. federal government can prescribe Suboxone for opioid dependence. 

Always check if your Suboxone doctors in Broward County meet federal requirements for prescribing this substance. 

What is Suboxone 

Suboxone is a combination of two synthetic substances: buprenorphine (an opioid medication) and naloxone (a medication that blocks the effects of opioid medication) and is used in the treatment of opioid dependence and addiction, including addiction to heroin and narcotic painkillers. 

It has been proven to reduce, significantly, addiction to opioids and minimize the withdrawal symptoms. Suboxone is a safe and effective option for treating addiction if taken as prescribed by our pain management doctors in Broward County.

Suboxone recap - what it is and how does it work?

How does Suboxone work?

Buprenorphine’s role

Buprenorphine is an FDA-approved medication with unique properties. This substance has some effects on opioid receptors in the brain (similar to those that opioid drugs may have, e,g, heroin or methadone) but it also blocks other effects of opioids, and it is less likely to cause effects, such as euphoria, compared to an opioid. For this reason, buprenorphine is called an opioid partial agonist-antagonist. 

Buprenorphine is the element of Suboxone that helps to reduce opioid dependence. 

Naloxone is an FDA-approved substance classified as an opioid antagonist which means it binds to opioid receptors and can reverse and block the effects of other opioid drugs. This substance is included in Suboxone solely to help prevent abuse of the medication. 

The combination of those two substances helps to reduce withdrawal symptoms and curb cravings for opioids by tricking the brain into thinking that a full opioid agonist (such as oxycodone or heroin) has been taken.

Learn more about Suboxone doctor in Broward County 

Having access to Suboxone through professional and compassionate pain management doctors in Broward County who understand the struggles of those who fight with addiction is just as important as a supportive environment. 

At Coastal Pain Medicine we successfully treat both chronic pain and opioid addiction. If you or a loved one is suffering from pain medication addiction, contact us today for a confidential consultation at 954 543 5100. We are located in Pompano Beach, Florida.

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