Buprenorphine Treatment Jackson MS

The FDA approved buprenorphine and naloxone, which is most commonly known as Suboxone®, for clinical use in 2002. Today, it’s one of many options available to patients with opioid addiction who need medication-assisted treatment (MAT). The addiction treatment team is here to support you through your recovery. We provide medication-assisted therapies that can really help increase the chances of success for people in buprenorphine therapy and methadone programs like ours.

Buprenorphine is an affordable and less powerful opioid used to treat people who are addicted to heroin, prescription painkillers, or synthetic opioids like fentanyl. It works by activating your brain’s receptors just as much but with a lower potency than full agonists like methadone which can lead users down the path of dependency more quickly since they need smaller doses overtime for their desired effect. Buprenorphine is a unique drug because it has many benefits, but also limits your ability to get high or feel euphoria. It acts as an antagonist blocking other opioids while reducing withdrawal symptoms and cravings for more powerful drugs in some cases.

While buprenorphine is less addictive than methadone, it can have a ceiling effect. For this reason, we often start with an initial dose that’s more aggressive for people and then taper down as needed depending on your individual response to treatment. Low doses of buprenorphine and compounds such as Suboxone® have been shown to be more effective overall. At certain points, increasing a dose may not provide additional benefit for patients experiencing mild discomfort or withdrawals symptoms in their treatment plan – before beginning on this medication there must first be suffering from these conditions present that need relief; however high levels can cause severe side effects including addiction itself.

Advantages of Buprenorphine

  • There are many surveys that show buprenorphine’s usefulness in recovery. It has been proven to reduce illicit opioid use and increase employment rates, which is an important factor for people trying to recover from addiction as well as their loved ones who support them on this journey.
  • Since there is low potential for abuse, it’s unlikely an overdose from buprenorphine will occur if taken as prescribed. Please inform your physician of all the medications you are currently taking so that he can help keep risk lower in case something does go wrong and prevent complications like death or hospitalization.
  • Buprenorphine is a long-acting medication that can be taken once every other day rather than one dose per day.

Possible Side Effects

Most patients report that buprenorphine side effects are mild. Your doctor or counselor can adjust your dosage to help with any adverse symptoms you may be experiencing, and it’s important for the success of this treatment plan that they modify it over time in order to increase its chance of success. The side effects of buprenorphine treatment can be bothersome, so it is important to keep your care provider updated. Common symptoms include:

  • Sleep disturbances
  • Headache
  • Constipation
  • Cold or flu-like symptoms
  • Sweating
  • Upset stomach or vomiting
  • Mood swings

Patients are encouraged to ask their care team for more information about buprenorphine. The teams will tell you the treatment process, potential drug interactions, and precautions that need to be followed during this time. Communication is the key to getting the most out of MAT. Over-the-counter medications, prescriptions, and supplements can all cause adverse reactions so talk with your care team about every part of medical treatment before you start any new regimen or medication.

Alternatives for Life Treatment & Recovery counselors and physicians are available to provide more information about buprenorphine treatment, its interactions with other medications, and safety warnings.

What Are Buprenorphine Compounds Such as Suboxone®?

Buprenorphine is a type of medication that includes naloxone. This medicine can be used to block the effects of opioids and prevent unpleasant withdrawal symptoms when given in response to an overdose, but it will not reverse any damage done by these drugs on its own accord. When taken as directed, a buprenorphine compound with naloxone doesn’t trigger withdrawal effects. However, when misused it creates immediate symptoms of physical and psychological dependence that discourage patients from injecting the medication for their own personal use in order to feel euphoria.

We use buprenorphine with naloxone as our most common treatment, but you may have other options available. Depending on state regulations, we also provide medications like Subutex®, Bunavail®, and Zubsolv®. The different types of buprenorphine treatments all have their own advantages. For example, Suboxone® is a film you take under your tongue and it can be easier for some people to manage than other more tablet-based medications like methadone or naltrexone which must be taken regularly throughout the day in pill form.

Why Count on ALTR for Opioid Use Therapy?

Alternatives for Life Treatment & Recovery is a company that offers medication-assisted treatment for addiction in the form of buprenorphine. This program addresses all aspects to promote recovery and empower patients with services such as:

  • Individual opioid counseling
  • Community resource referrals
  • Group and family counseling
  • Relapse prevention planning
  • Case management

Our care team will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that takes your individual needs into consideration. If you’re looking for a place to recover, contact us.

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