Advanced Spine disscusses treating Opioid Addiction using Suboxone
Using Suboxone can be an effective way to treat opioid addiction. When using the medication, however, it is important to use it exactly as directed by your doctor. Since Suboxone may be habit-forming, even at regular doses, it should never be taken for longer than prescribed or in larger amounts than prescribed by your doctor. Other general guidelines to follow when taking Suboxone include:
- Dry your hands before handing the tablet or film
- Drink a glass of water to moisten your mouth before taking the medication
- When using the sublingual film, place it under your tongue and allow it to dissolve
- Do not chew the tablet or the film
- Never crush or break the Suboxone pill to inhale the powder or to mix with a liquid for injection
If you switch between medicines that contain buprenorphine, it is also important to note that you may not use the same dose for each one. Furthermore, it is not safe to stop taking Suboxone suddenly, as you may have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.
To further ensure you stay healthy while using Suboxone, you will need to complete frequent blood tests to check your liver function. You should also wear a medical alert tag or carry an ID card stating that you are on the medication. This way, any medical care provider who treats you will know that you are being treated for a narcotic addiction and can adjust your treatment accordingly.
If you are interested in exploring Suboxone as a treatment option for your opioid addiction, contact Advanced Spine & Rehab. We will be happy to explore your treatment options with you.