[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”1830″ img_size=”1000×400″][vc_column_text]Approved in late May 2016, Hesperia Buprenorphine Implants look to be a promising treatment type of the future for opioid addictions. While buprenorphine itself is an opioid, it is a low-dose option that confuses the brain into believing that it is receiving the drug that it craves while helping to break the addiction and dependence of the body and mind. Previously, buprenorphine was used only as a sublingual tablet. However, some patients have struggled with this therapy as they have trouble remembering to take the medication regularly and may, therefore, fail at rehab. The implant ensures that patients get the correct dose of the drug every day for six months.

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Hesperia Buprenorphine Implants can only be prescribed by physicians who have undergone the necessary live training. When used incorrectly, they can be quite dangerous. The implants are designed to release a small amount of the medication into the bloodstream every day. In some cases, patients may experience minor side effects, such as dizziness, drowsiness, moodiness or stomach upset. More concerning side effects, such as yellow skin, dark urine or clay-colored stools, should be immediately communicated to the physician.

The buprenorphine implant is placed surgically beneath the skin into the soft tissues. A local anesthetic should be all it takes to get the procedure done. Most patients find that the tenderness at the insertion site goes away quickly and that the implant causes them no problems. However, in some rare cases, Hesperia patients may notice that the implant migrates or moves beneath the skin or may even come out of the skin. Because the implant contains buprenorphine, it should be kept far away from children should it be expulsed. After the treatment is completed, the implant will be removed.

[su_note note_color=”#F0F0F0″]Hesperia residents who are struggling with addictions to any type of opioid, including prescription painkillers, should contact Dr. Matney at First Step Recovery Center in nearby Victorville. Dr. Matney has years of experience providing medication therapies as well as outpatient behavioral therapies and has also received the necessary education to be able to prescribe buprenorphine safely. After a consultation, Dr. Matney will be able to recommend a treatment regimen that is individualized for the patient, and he will provide regular follow-up appointments to determine the efficacy of the rehab program.[/su_note][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]