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What is Suboxone?

Suboxone is a medication that is used to help individuals struggling with opioid addiction. It is most effective when combined with a treatment program. It is a safe medication that consists of naloxone and buprenorphine.


Naloxone combats opioid effects in your body. When you take Suboxone, Naloxone limits or eliminates painful side effect that may occur during due to opioid withdrawal. It is also useful to lower your cravings for opioids.


Buprenorphine works differently in conjunction with Nalaxone. While also helping you limit your craving for opioids, Buprenorphine works with the same brain receptors that opioids impact, thus reducing painful side effects without the ‘high’ you would get from opioids.


Suboxone has been researched and studied more than any other medication used in opioid addiction treatment, spanning a period of several decades.


Patients in a Suboxone therapy treatment plan can expect a treatment period of anywhere from several months to years, depending on each patient’s specific history, needs, support system, and mental approach. It is critical that each patient is treated as a unique case by the physician to maximize the benefits that may be gained.  Suboxone’s effectiveness will not decrease over time so it will remain a viable treatment option as long as necessary for the patient.


Some patients express concern that they may become addicted to Suboxone. However, if properly administered, Suboxone is a safe medical option for opioid addiction treatment. But you should note that Suboxone contains Buprenorphine and Nalaxone and if abused, there is a risk of addiction. This is why a partnership of patient, physician, and the patient’s supporting family and friends is such an important part of success in this treatment. Other valid concerns about possible drug interactions should be discussed with your physician early in treatment planning.


Unfortunately, medical treatment plans cannot be discussed without a conversation about the costs of Suboxone therapy. It is not possible to state a cost for a patient because each patient’s case is unique and will result in a specific plan of treatment for that patient only. You should discuss expected costs with your treatment center early in the process and explore what assistance may be made available to you.

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