Subutex

2nd Chance Treatment Center

Addiction Medicine & Psychiatrists located in Gilbert, AZ, Phoenix, AZ and Glendale, Phoenix, AZ

When it comes to getting over your opioid dependence, you shouldn’t do it alone. The experienced team at 2nd Chance Treatment Center in Phoenix, Glendale, and Gilbert, Arizona, specializes in the treatment of opioid use disorder. They offer a comprehensive program that includes maintenance medications such as Subutex® along with behavioral therapy. To recover from your addiction, call the office today or request an appointment online.

Subutex Q & A

What should I know about Subutex?

Subutex is an FDA-approved treatment for the medical management of an opioid addiction or dependence. The medication contains buprenorphine, which is a pain medication that has the same effects on the receptors in your brain as the opioids. However, unlike opioids, the pleasurable effects of the active ingredient in Subutex level off at a moderate dose, making it harder to misuse.

Subutex may help reduce your cravings for opioids to help you successfully recover from your addiction.

How does Subutex work?

Subutex is a type of opioid agonist that helps prevent withdrawal symptoms and cravings that develop when you wean yourself off opioids. The team at 2nd Chance Treatment Center combines Subutex with behavioral therapy to help you in the recovery process, prevent a relapse, and help you live a long and happy life without opioids.

How do I know if Subutex is right for me?

Your specialist at 2nd Chance Treatment Center determines if you’re a good candidate for Subutex during your initial consultation. It’s recommended to those suffering from opioid use disorder.

However, Subutex may not be right for you if you’re not willing to participate in a behavioral therapy program or take the medication as directed.

How do I get started on Subutex?

Subutex is a sublingual medication that you take once a day. To get started on Subutex, you must abstain from your opioid for 12-24 hours before your initial dose. Once you significantly reduce or stop your opioid, then you transition to the maintenance phase, where your dose is adjusted to keep cravings and withdrawal symptoms at bay.

Your specialist may transition you to Suboxone® when you make it to the maintenance phase of your medication treatment for your opioid use disorder. In addition to buprenorphine, Suboxone also contains naloxone, which is a medication that helps prevent opioid overdose. If you can’t tolerate the naloxone in the Suboxone, then you may continue with Subutex.

You can take these medications indefinitely if needed. However, once you’re stable on Suboxone or Subutex, your specialist works with you to develop a program to get you off the medication you choose.

For expert treatment for your opioid use disorder, call 2nd Chance Treatment Center today or request an appointment online.