How It Works and Is It Safe?
Prescribed to treat the physical symptoms of withdrawal, Subutex is a partial agonist-antagonist that uses buprenorphine hydrochloride as its primary active ingredient. Subutex is typically prescribed daily in the form of a dissolvable tablet that is placed under the tongue and absorbed into the body. Subutex provides patients with relief from the painful symptoms that accompany withdrawal while also keeping cravings for continued opioid use at bay. These benefits allow patients to experience the mental clarity that is required in order to play an active role in daily life.
Subutex was first approved in 2002 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in order to safely provide patients with relief from the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Extensive research has confirmed that Subutex is a safer option than continuing opioid use as Subutex will not cause vital organ damage. When prescribed Subutex, patients will not experience cognitive impairments, which allows them to continue daily activities like work and school in an uninterrupted manner.
As is the case with other medications, the use of Subutex can cause patients to experience side effects. Although Subutex is a safe option when taken as prescribed under the supervision of a medical professional, it is important to discuss your plan of treatment with your healthcare provider prior to incorporating Subutex into your treatment regimen.
The Effectiveness of Subutex Treatment
Multiple clinical studies have confirmed the safety and effectiveness of Subutex when taken within a medication assisted treatment program for opioid addiction. Patients who have been prescribed Subutex have reported experiencing a reduction in the physical symptoms of withdrawal as well as diminished cravings for additional opioid use. Overall, the use of Subutex when taken within a comprehensive treatment program provides patients with positive outcomes, allowing them to progress towards successful recovery.
The Benefits of Subutex Treatment Plus Counseling
Patients who incorporate Subutex into their treatment typically utilize therapeutic interventions such as individual and group therapy during their treatment as well. These sessions afford patients the opportunity to address and treat the underlying emotional and behavioral factors that may have contributed to their addictive behaviors in the first place. When patients are prescribed Subutex, they will typically navigate through the following phases:
Induction: This first phase of treatment takes place when an individual begins taking Subutex shortly after ceasing use of opioids. Patients are typically in the beginning stages of withdrawal during this phase.
Stabilization: During this second phase of treatment, patients are typically no longer experiencing the symptoms of withdrawal nor are they experiencing cravings for additional opioid use. The individual dosage of Subutex can be altered during this period based on the needs of each patient.
Maintenance: The maintenance phase of treatment takes place when a patient is stable enough to discuss weaning off of Subutex or transitioning onto a different medication.
During these phases of treatment, it is extremely important that patients take part in counseling in order to obtain treatment and support for the emotional aspect of their addiction. Research has indicated that patients who take part in therapeutic interventions such as individual and group therapy are more likely to achieve successful treatment outcomes and avoid relapsing.
How to Support Your Loved One During Medication Assisted Treatment: Since addiction can impact everyone who is involved, it is imperative that the loved ones of an individual who is taking part in a medication assisted treatment program receive their own treatment as well. By playing an active role in the treatment of your loved one, you will be able to achieve a greater understanding of addiction as well as learn what is required from you throughout your loved one’s journey to recovery.
How You Can Be Successful in a Medication Assisted Treatment Program: If you or someone you love is contemplating taking part in the treatment available through Anchorage Treatment Solutions, please keep the following in mind as to how to successfully navigate through the process of recovery:
- Follow all treatment guidelines set in place by your provider regarding taking Subutex.
- Attend and play an active role in all scheduled group and individual counseling sessions.
- Openly voice any questions or concerns regarding taking Subutex. Should an issue arise, your treatment provider can adjust your dosage or transition you onto a different medication.
- Refrain from using opioids while taking Subutex.
- Discuss any concerns or issues that may arise throughout the course of treatment. The team of professionals at Anchorage Treatment Solutions is here to provide you with the highest quality of care as you progress in treatment.
The Side Effects of Subutex
Like most medications, there are potential side effects that can take place while using Subutex. By working closely with your physician, you will be able to determine if Subutex is the most appropriate medication for you based on your individual treatment needs. It is important to openly discuss any other substances, prescriptions, or over-the-counter medications that are being taken prior to incorporating Subutex into your treatment plan due to the potential dangerous interactions that can take place. The following potential side effects have been reported as taking place:
Most common side effects:
- Back pain
- Withdrawal symptoms
Fairly common side effects:
- Runny eyes
- Flu-like symptoms
Less common side effects:
- Accidental injury
- Upset stomach
Please contact Anchorage Treatment Solutions today to learn more about Subutex as well as the other medication assisted treatment options available. We are here to assist you or someone you love thought out the entire process of recovery.