Suboxone ® Buprenorphine / Naloxone Doctors who Treat Opioid Addiction

Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist. It can produce similar results to opioids, but at a lesser effect than say heroin or methadone. Buprenorphone has fewer risks of developing long-term addiction, which makes it useful at transitioning someone addicted to an opioid without going through extream levels of opioid withdrawal. The goal is to provide low-doses of Buprenorphine as patients receive other forms of counseling and help to wean off their addiction to opioids.

Suboxone® is a brand name of Buprenorphine  and Naloxone combined for Treating Opioid Addiction

The FDA approved Suboxone in October 2002 for use in treating opioid addiction.  It includes a combination mixture of Buprenorphine and Naloxone. Naloxone is a medication designed to block the effects from opioids. The goal being to reduce opioid abuse and help patients remain in an addiction rehabilitation program, while suppressing some of the symptoms of full opioid withdrawal.

Opioids

Opioids are chemical substances. Many are made into medications and they deliver a morphine like response in the body. Medications are also known as narcotics. Below is a list of commonly prescribed opioid based medications:

  • Morphine
  • Oxycodone
  • Codeine
  • Fentanyl
  • Methadone
  • Meperidine / Demerol

Opioids relieve paint by attaching to receptors in the gastrointestinal tract, spinal cord and in the brain. When these receptors are blocked from an opioid, the body becomes desensitized to pain.

In addition to a reduction of pain, many also feel a sensation of euphoria. This often leads to abuse of opioid medications.

Opioids are nervous system depressants. This is the danger, as they may slow certain body functions like breathing, leading to overdose and death.

Opioid Withdrawals include:

  • Edginess and anxiety
  • Weepiness
  • Diarrhea
  • Cramping
  • Cravings
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle aches
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Nausea and vomiting

Dr. Henderson is a Suboxone / Buprenorphine physician trained and licensed to treat those suffering from opioid addiction. He practices in Louisville, Kentucky, Southern Indiana, Tampa Bay (Temple Terrace) Florida, and Cincinnati Ohio.

 

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