Suboxone® is a medication that treats chronic pain patients with an opioid use disorder that need to be off their opioid medication. The team at Sage Pain & Wellness Institute has an extensive track record of successfully managing Suboxone for patients who qualify for the treatment. If you need to stop taking opioids, call the office in San Diego, La Mesa, or Chula Vista, California, or request an appointment online today.
You need Suboxone if you’re worried about the amount of opioids you take and need to stop taking your opioid pain medication.
Signs you have an opioid use disorder include:
Cravings and withdrawal symptoms are red flags that you’re close to or already addicted to your opioid medication.
Suboxone contains two medications: naloxone and buprenorphine. The two drugs work together to:
With Suboxone, you can safely stop taking opioids without side effects. Your provider prescribes Suboxone on an outpatient basis, giving you the ability to get treatment without going to an in-patient facility.
Suboxone treatment proceeds through three stages, but they don’t have time limits or expectations. You proceed to the next stage as you and your provider agree you’re ready.
You take your first dose in the office so your Sage Pain & Wellness Institute provider can monitor your response and adjust your dose if needed to prevent cravings and withdrawal symptoms. You keep taking daily doses of Suboxone at home while returning for regular appointments.
Your provider also creates a new pain management plan. You may need non-opioid medications or interventional procedures to relieve your pain while cutting down on opioids.
After your cravings stop, you keep taking Suboxone. Your provider adjusts your dose as needed if cravings return.
During this phase, you stay on the same Suboxone dose. Once you’re stable, your provider slowly tapers down the Suboxone. They may prescribe other medications as long as needed to help you stay off opioids.
If you’re worried that you may have opioid use disorder, call Sage Pain & Wellness Institute or book an appointment online today.