[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”613″ img_size=”1000×400″][vc_column_text]Suboxone is a newer type of medication treatment for opioid addictions that we make use of in our Victorville office at First Step Recovery Center in California’s High Desert. It is actually a combination drug formed of Narcan and Buprenorphine. While this drug can be addictive for people who are not currently addicted to narcotics, it is an excellent choice for individuals who need to wean themselves from stronger narcotic drugs, such as heroin.
Victorville Drug Rehabilitation & Treatment with Suboxone
We often prescribe Suboxone to our Victorville patients in a step-like program. During the program, we gradually lessen the dosage of Suboxone to help the patient get off narcotics as well as off Suboxone. We then continue to follow up with any other necessary drugs to ensure that the patient does not have a recurring addiction. Staying free from any type of addiction must be viewed as a lifelong process and may be a daily fight.
[su_note note_color=”#e5e5e5″]While Suboxone is an excellent drug when used properly, patients should be aware of its side effects. Because stopping Suboxone suddenly can cause withdrawal-like symptoms, its dosage should only be decreased under the care of a physician. Patients who take this medication may notice some nausea or sleeplessness as well as flu-like symptoms. Other common side effects include headaches, sweating, and constipation. Because long-time use of Suboxone can cause sexual problems, emotional changes and hair loss, we typically recommend coming off the drug gradually. Victorville patients who need to be on the drug for the long-term are typically referred to a different facility that can handle that type of detox program.[/su_note]
Being Careful with Suboxone Use in Victorville
Suboxone can actually be addictive when taken for a long period. Therefore, it must be handled with care. We typically advise Victorville patients to have a safe person that can store and dispense the medication to them. We take care of training this person on the drug’s usage and side effects to ensure that the medication is taken safely. This can eliminate recurring addictions or poor adherence to a medication regimen. Patients who take Suboxone will need to have periodic liver function tests.
Victorville patients taking Suboxone should be aware of any dangerous side effects of the drug that require immediate medical attention. These include shallow breathing, facial swelling, hives, lightheadedness, intense itching and dark urine.
[su_note note_color=”#e5e5e5″]At First Step Recovery Center, we treat each patient with care and compassion and make treatment choices on an individualized basis.[/su_note][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]