Commonly abused opioids include Fentanyl, hydrocodone, heroin, hydromorphone (Dilaudid), methadone, oxycodone (Percocet), and meperidine (Demerol).
Signs and symptoms of opioid abuse include:
Some of the signs are:
SUBOXONE is a prescription medication comprised of naloxone and buprenorphine used to treat opioid addiction (either illegal or prescription) in adults.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.