Suboxone Management

Austin Primary Care Physicians -  - Internist

Austin Primary Care Physicians

Internists located in Austin, TX & Cedar Park, TX

Suboxone Management Specialist
Opiate addiction isn't limited to any single population; no one is immune. Men, women, mothers, fathers, professionals, those who are wealthy, and those who are poor can all become addicted to opioids, both prescription and illegal. Opioid addiction doesn’t happen overnight and isn’t fixed overnight, but Dr. Nikhil Agarwal at Austin Primary Care Physicians in Austin, Texas, is committed to putting the time and effort into a treatment plan that includes SUBOXONE® Film.

Suboxone Management Q & A

What are commonly abused opioids?

Commonly abused opioids include Fentanyl, hydrocodone, heroin, hydromorphone (Dilaudid), methadone, oxycodone (Percocet), and meperidine (Demerol).

What are signs of opioid abuse?

Signs and symptoms of opioid abuse include:

  • Slurred speech
  • Slow or shallow breathing
  • High pain tolerance
  • Constipation
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Flushed, itchy skin
  • Constricted pupils
  • A feeling of euphoria

What are signs that a friend, family member, or colleague is abusing opioids?

Some of the signs are:

  • Decreased interest in activities they once liked
  • Taking risks in order to get access to more drugs
  • Financial problems
  • Deterioration of personal hygiene
  • Problems with relationships


SUBOXONE is a prescription medication comprised of naloxone and buprenorphine used to treat opioid addiction (either illegal or prescription) in adults.

Is SUBOXONE sufficient as the only method of treatment?

The most successful treatment of opioid addiction consists of SUBOXONE in combination with psychosocial support and mental health counseling. Dr. Nikhil Agarwal at Austin Primary Care Physicians take special care to ensure each patient’s treatment plan encompasses their mental, physical, social, and emotional needs and empowers them to fully recover from their dependence.

How does SUBOXONE help?

SUBOXONE is effective in craving reduction and the suppression of withdrawal symptoms, which may help patients overcome their addiction when used in combination with support services.

What risks are associated with untreated or unmanaged opioid addiction?

The long-term effects of opioid addiction include constipation, tolerance, brain damage, respiratory depression, and liver damage. Patients who are addicted to opioids are also at risk of overdose and death.

Can patients become addicted to SUBOXONE?

Yes. To suppress cravings, SUBOXONE contains buprenorphine, a partial opioid agonist. While buprenorphine doesn't produce the same euphoria as full opioid agonists (painkillers and heroin), there is a small risk of dependence. Safe treatment requires close monitoring by a physician.

How much SUBOXONE is required?

The dose varies per patient and depends on the unique circumstances surrounding their dependence. Dosing is adjusted and monitored carefully until withdrawal symptoms, and uncontrollable cravings cease. For this reason, it’s imperative that patients report for all of their scheduled visits during their treatment period and stay in close contact with their primary care provider should they notice side effects, experience uncontrollable cravings, or relapse.

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