Overcoming an opioid addiction is especially difficult because of the way the drug alters your brain chemistry. That’s one reason why so many people with an opioid use disorder have trouble getting through rehab. The effects of physical withdrawal can drive people away from the idea of getting clean. Pharmacotherapy treatment, using drugs like Suboxone, offers a new way forward.
At Arkview Recovery, our medication-assisted treatment program can be an essential component of addiction recovery. If you are ready to overcome opioid addiction, we can use medication to ease the effects of withdrawal, including Suboxone. Suboxone can be an effective tool in your recovery, but it is crucial to know the potential side effects.
What Is Suboxone?
Suboxone is a combination of two drugs commonly used as part of MAT. Buprenorphine, when used alone, produces effects in the brain that are similar to those felt when you take opioids. Doctors administer Buprenorphine at lower levels than regular opioid use. Taking Buprenorphine keeps you from feeling the highs associated with using opioids.
Naloxone is often given to people experiencing an opioid overdose. It blocks the effects of opioids by binding with your brain receptors. If you’re having respiratory issues during an overdose, it can kick-start your breathing and potentially save your life.
Drugs provided through a MAT program typically aren’t available to patients outside of a rehab facility. Suboxone can be obtained from a pharmacy if you have a doctor’s prescription. Having medications like Suboxone on hand helps cut down on fatal overdoses and eases people’s cravings when they start their recovery journey.
How Do People Develop a Suboxone Addiction?
One of the reasons Suboxone use continues to grow is that it’s a drug that can be provided to patients in different stages of addiction. Taking Suboxone can alleviate a patient’s desire to take drugs, helping them focus more on other aspects of rehab.
It’s essential that patients who receive a Suboxone prescription stick to the dosage recommended by their doctor. Make sure the film goes under the tongue so that you get the correct level of medication. Avoid chewing on the film and wait until it fully dissolves. If you bite down, that might affect the amount of the drug that makes it into your system. Taking Suboxone can make you feel less stressed and relieve some of your pain. Your doctor should track your use of Suboxone as you progress through rehab. They may alter your dosage or start tapering you off the drug once they feel you’ve received the maximum benefit.
What Are Some Suboxone Side Effects?
Many people successfully take Suboxone, then wean themselves off once they’ve completed a rehab program. However, some people have been known to become addicted to the effects of Suboxone. That can be due to them remaining unaware of Suboxone’s side effects or because they start using it as a substitute for other opioids.
If you believe you’re developing a dependency on Suboxone, let your doctor know immediately. Do not try to stop taking the drug without medical supervision. Otherwise, you might experience symptoms like:
- Muscle pain or aching joints
- Irritability or sudden mood swings
- Nausea and vomiting
Additional Information About Suboxone
Some substances can interact adversely with Suboxone. You should make your doctor aware of any medications or supplements you might be taking that could produce an adverse reaction. Products that may be problematic to take with Suboxone include:
- HIV treatment drugs
- Cholesterol-lowering drugs
- Oral contraceptives
Stay in contact with your doctor the entire time you are taking Suboxone. They may be able to spot an emerging issue and make necessary changes to your prescription.
Begin Your Recovery with Medication-Assisted Treatment
Medication-assisted treatment with medications such as Suboxone can be an excellent method to begin recovery. At Arkview Recovery, our medication-assisted treatment program can make the difference between addiction and recovery. If you are interested in medication-assisted treatment or want to know more about possible Suboxone side effects, reach out to our team today. Contact us by calling 717.744.0756 or completing our confidential online form.