Suboxone is a medication that has two different medicines: Buprenorphine and Naloxone.
Buprenorphine (BYOO-pruh-NOR-feen) is similar to a painkiller medication such as morphine, street drugs like heroin, and addiction treatment medicines like methadone. Buprenorphine may give you less of a “high” than these other prescription medicines and street drugs. Withdrawal or stopping buprenorphine may be easier than stopping other prescription medicine and street drugs.Suboxone also contains Naloxone (nal-OX-own). When naloxone is injected, it blocks the effects of medicines and drugs like methadone, heroin, and morphine. Naloxone is added to Suboxone to stop people from injecting Suboxone tablets. When you use Suboxone sublingually, as prescribed, the Naloxone component should stop the medicine’s effects. However, if you inject Suboxone, the Naloxone can give you bad withdrawal symptoms.
Time commitment: Weekly doctor’s visits until the patient is stable and comfortable on their Suboxone dose with minimal cravings and managed side effects. In combination with doctor’s visits, meetings, and mental health screening are expected.When to start taking suboxone: Suboxone should be initiated once the patient is experiencing mild to moderate withdrawals.Doctor’s visits: weekly, biweekly, monthly. Progression of the visits will be based on how stable the patient is.Urine testing: Point of care urine drug test will be completed at every visit to ensure the patients are being compliant to the prescribed medications.Meetings: Coordination for NA/AA meetings will be completed to provide the patient with further support.Counseling: Coordination with a pain and addiction psychologist, Dr. Cronin.
Central Medical Clinic
At Central Medical Clinic, we provide compassionate care for patients dealing with acute and chronic pain. Dr. Alfonso Morales is a board-certified physician specializing in pain management. We have decades of experience providing chronic pain treatment to patients throughout the state of Minnesota. Our experts have the knowledge and expertise to ensure that you receive the best possible care. Contact us today to set up your appointment with one of our pain management specialists. Our main clinic is located in St. Paul, but we also treat patients throughout the Twin Cities metro area.