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Long before Suboxone , a product containing buprenorphine , was marketed as a treatment for chemical dependency and addiction , buprenorphine was being used by veterinarians and anesthesiologist for the treatment of pain. In the past, buprenorphine was not readily available for outpatient use because it is not a traditional medication that is taken by mouth and absorbed through the gastrointestinal system. Buprenorphine has traditionally been an intravenously administered drug, until now. There are now products that are dissolved in the mouth and products that are applied to the skin. So, the buprenorphine horizon is expanding.
As an outpatient drug, buprenorphine became widely recognized as a chemical in the product called Suboxone, which is used to treat opioid chemical dependency . Tablets containing buprenorphine only, without the additional nalaoxone found in Suboxone, are also available but are not readily prescribed because buprenorphine is well-like by intravenous drug abus...
Suboxone can be a good exit strategy if the pain medications start to force life out of control. Pain medications are not meant to cause a downward spiral. The goal of using pain medications is to regain enough control over pain to become more active. Unfortunately, pain medication use can sometimes do just the opposite of improving function; sometimes someone can lose control and function by using chemicals. Chemical dependency then becomes a larger problem than chronic pain as chemical dependency slips towards addiction. Chemical addiction can destroy marriages, friendships, and careers. Recently, the manufacturers of Suboxone launched a new program called Here To Help: Supporting You Through Treatment . Their motto for the program is: "Self Encouragement Starts Here".
Taking the leap to Suboxone treatment can be frightening. Staying with the Suboxone treatment program can get discouraging. The Here to Help Program connects people with physicians and "Care Coaches" while provi...
Getting off of pain medications usually requires an exit strategy. Anyone who has tried to abruptly discontinue a regularly used opioid (a pain medication which is chemically similar to opium that binds to opioid receptors in the body) can attest to the severe discomfort of withdrawal syndrome. The symptoms of withdrawal include: nausea, vomiting, aches, sweating, diarrhea, yawning, insomnia, irritability and gooseflesh. These symptoms indicate that the body is physically dependent on the chemical. Chemical dependency is difficult to overcome without a good strategy. That strategy should reduce the occurrence of withdrawal syndrome, the risk of relapse, and the risk of toxicity. Suboxone can help someone get off pain medications because it reduces withdrawal symptoms, cravings, and the risk of overdose.
Because Suboxone contains buprenorphine (an opioid), it serves as a substitute for other opioids and satisfies the body's need for the chemical. One advantage in converting from...
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