Suboxone Addiction & Opioid Treatment | Suboxone In Ohio

Suboxone sublingual films and tablets can manage opioid withdrawal and reduce cravings, and Suboxone treatment can be effective alongside behavioral therapy and social support services.

Suboxone-Suboxone | Uses, Dosage, Effects, & Abuse Potential

Suboxone is a medication that can manage opioid withdrawal symptoms. It is approved to give to appropriate patients who enter opioid addiction treatment programs.

Patients who are withdrawing from oxycodone, fentanyl, hydrocodone, and other common opiates may be prescribed Suboxone in place of their current opioid drug.

Suboxone is a brand-name medication with buprenorphine and naloxone as its main ingredients. 

It may have similar properties as other opioid drugs with a lower potential for drug abuse. In Ohio, Suboxone is an approved medication to treat drug addiction along with methadone and naltrexone.

Suboxone Ingredients & Dosage

Suboxone contains a 4:1 ratio of buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is a partial agonist that binds to the same opioid receptors as other opioid drugs. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist that reverses the effects of opioids, and is also used to treat opioid overdose. 

Suboxone has both opioid agonist and antagonist properties, and is available as a sublingual film and sublingual tablets. 

It can be prescribed in doses of 2 mg buprenorphine and 0.5 mg naloxone, or in 8 mg/2 mg buprenorphine/naloxone doses. Proper use of either Suboxone formulation involves placing a dose under the tongue until it dissolves.

Prescribing Suboxone For Opioid Addiction Treatment

Suboxone can be prescribed as a form of medication-assisted treatment (MAT). MAT is a treatment plan that uses approved medication to reduce the side effects of opioid dependence and withdrawal, such as cravings.

Common opioid maintenance treatment practices may prescribe an 8 to 24 milligram dose of buprenorphine/naloxone daily. To start Suboxone treatment, patients may begin at a lower starting dose of Suboxone after they have not taken opioids for at least 12 hours.

Treatment providers may combine Suboxone with other forms of opioid addiction treatment. Behavioral therapy, social support, wellness exercises, and mental health services can be more effective in treating opioid use disorder compared to Suboxone alone.

Side Effects Of Suboxone Use

Suboxone may cause both serious and common side effects, such as:

  • sedation
  • drowsiness
  • constipation
  • runny nose
  • muscle aches
  • blurred vision
  • low blood pressure
  • insomnia
  • sweating
  • respiratory depression
  • liver problems
  • yellowing of the skin or eyes

Patients who take Suboxone but have not completely withdrawn from opioids may experience severe opioid withdrawal syndrome. Treatment providers may only prescribe Suboxone in patients who have completed opioid withdrawal to avoid serious adverse effects.

Patients who are taking antidepressants or benzodiazepines, or who have medical conditions such as adrenal impairment, may be at a higher risk for serious side effects.

Abuse Potential Of Suboxone

Buprenorphine is a Schedule III controlled substance with a moderate potential for substance abuse. While buprenorphine may have a lower abuse potential than opioid drugs such as oxycodone and fentanyl, Suboxone can still be abused for its sedative effects.

Treatment and healthcare providers who prescribe Suboxone may assign schedules to patients taking the drug. These patients may also be supervised to discourage Suboxone abuse. 

Patients who suffer from opioid use disorder may have a history of opioid abuse, and thus may be at a higher risk to abuse Suboxone if unsupervised.

To learn if the opioid addiction treatment programs at Ohio Recovery Center are right for you, please contact us today.

Written by
Ohio Recovery Center Editorial Team

Published on: October 12, 2022

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