Medications that facilitate recovery from opioid addiction
For opioids we use the following medications:
Buprenorphine, also known as Suboxone, is a medication that has significantly improved treatment outcomes for opioid addiction. It greatly reduces or entirely eliminates withdrawal symptoms and can also eliminate drug cravings. You begin taking buprenorphine at either our Silver Spring and Towson offices and then may continue taking it in any of our six offices. We do not charge an extra fee for buprenorphine prescriptions.
Resistance to the use of buprenorphine persists despite substantial evidence of its effectiveness. We urge people with concerns about buprenorphine to read a comprehensive February 2015 Huffington Post article on this issue. [http://huff.to/1CzLlz5]
Common questions about buprenorphine are:
What is buprenorphine and how does it work?
Can buprenorphine cause physical dependence?
What is the difference between buprenorphine, Suboxone, Subutex, and Zubsolv?
How is buprenorphine taken?
How is buprenorphine different from methadone?
How long should I stay on buprenorphine?
Nalrexone is available as a pill and also as an extended release injection (Vivitrol) which lasts for one month. It is an “opioid antagonist” and works by blocking opioid drugs from attaching to the opioid receptor sites. If you take an opioid after naltrexone is in your system, you do not feel any rewarding effect. You will only get sick if you take naltrexone while an opioid drug is still in your system. This is called precipitated withdrawal. If the idea of being on an opioid such as buprenorphine is not acceptable to you, naltrexone is another option.
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