Opiate agonists are drugs that mimic the effects of naturally-occurring endorphins in the body, and produce an opiate effect by interacting with the opioid receptor sites. Examples of opiate agonists include methadone and LAAM. These synthetic opiates help prevent cravings and withdrawal but do not produce a high or feelings of euphoria. An opiate antagonist is a drug that replaces opiate agonists at the receptor sites. This blocks the patient from experiencing the opiate effects of the agonist drug. Opiate antagonists include naloxone and naltrexone. Methadone is used therapeutically to treat addiction to opiates including heroin, morphine, OxyContin and other drugs. In the treatment of chronic opiate addiction, an opiate agonist can be used as maintenance therapy. Opiate medications, often used for pain relief or cough suppression, can be habit forming and in some cases highly addicting. Opiate addiction has skyrocketed in recent years, posing unique challenges for the medical, pharmaceutical and addiction communities.
Examples of Opiate Agonists
Methadone is the most widely known and most common of opiate agonists used to treat opioid dependence. It decreases drug cravings and has helped many patients wean off opiates. It is dispensed in a licensed methadone maintenance clinic where patients must go to receive their dose. Because it is a narcotic, methadone has its own potential to cause dependence. LAAM also treats opioid dependence and is subject to the same federal mandates as methadone.
Partial Opiate Agonists
Buprenorphine is a partial opiate agonist used in medications to manage opiate withdrawal. Drugs containing buprenorphine are also used as alternatives to methadone for long-term opiate substitution. Partial opiate agonists attach to and activate opioid receptors. Two medications containing buprenorphine are available on the market – Suboxone and Subutex. These are available by prescription, eliminating the need for daily visits to a methadone clinic.
Waismann Method Offers Opiate-Free Alternative for Opioid Dependence
Pharmaceutical treatments for opioid dependence can be effective in the battle against addiction. However, many pose a risk for dependence and keep patients from ever being truly free of opiates. Total abstinence can be achieved in a matter of days with the Waismann Method’s rapid opiate detox. This opiate-free treatment is performed in the hospital under the guidance of doctors, anesthesiologists and other specialists. Patients sleep lightly under deep sedation for a short time while medication cleanses their opiate receptors. This safe, proven procedure has high rates of success in treating addiction to drugs including Darvocet, Percocet, OxyContin and Fentanyl. We also provide treatment for those who become dependent upon methadone, LAAM, Suboxone and Subutex.
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