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Understanding the Risks of Suboxone

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Suboxone is sometimes used to help people manage or overcome dependencies to opiates, including Vicodin, heroin, Oxycontin, and hydrocodone.  It works by reducing the cravings and symptoms associated with dependence and can lessen withdrawal symptoms, like nausea, sweating, chills, and muscle aches.  Understanding the risks of Suboxone can make the treatment safer and more effective. However, it does not eliminate the physical reliance on the drug.  Suboxone is composed of four parts of the semi-synthetic opiate buprenorphine to lessen symptoms, and one part, naloxone, an opioid antagonist, to deter and guard against opiate abuse.  Since Suboxone is still an opiate, users must be weaned off the medication to prevent withdrawal symptoms.
We recently surveyed patients who were using Suboxone to help treat their opiate dependencies and uncovered significant insight into the drug’s use and effects.  Out of all of the respondents, half of them reported that their doctors told them that Suboxone was a cure for their dependency.  Additionally, 47 percent of the respondents said their doctors did not tell them they could develop a physical dependence from taking Suboxone.  These results point out that the survey participants did not receive complete information regarding the risks when prescribed Suboxone.
Further findings also show that respondents may have been afraid of withdrawal, which prevented them from stopping their Suboxone treatment.  In fact, 64 percent of patients believed that they could not stop taking Suboxone without assistance.  While 44 percent of Suboxone users felt that the withdrawals they experienced were milder, and 64 percent would recommend the medication to others, the survey respondents still needed additional aid to detoxify their bodies from their dependency on opiates completely. They could not do it with Suboxone alone.  You may view the entire survey and its results by clicking here.
If you or a loved one struggles with finding an appropriate path to pain relief or is suffering from an addiction to opiates, we urge you to contact your medical physicians.  For more information on choosing a drug detox program for yourself or a loved one, please feel free to contact our office directly.  The Waismann Method is a safe and proven treatment for opiate dependency that utilizes the most advanced medical techniques available.  The rapid opiate detoxification procedure is carried out in a full-service hospital in Southern California by a board-certified anesthesiologist. At the same time, patients remain under sedation in their private room of an ICU Unit. The Waismann Method is designed, so patients experience minimal conscious withdrawal throughout the detoxification phase, given a much better possibility of success. The Waismann includes a few days at a private and exclusive recovery retreat, where patients care ore around the clock through the stabilization phase.
At Domus, we can assist patients with sleep patterns, gastrointestinal function regulation, endorphin production, and so much more. A comfortable transition allows patients to return home with the right foot forward towards a healthy opiate-free life.
For more information, call today at 1-310-2050808

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