Suboxone, a combination of buprenorphine hydrochloride and naloxone hydrochloride dihydrate, is made by Reckitt Benckiser and is the most recently FDA-approved drug for addiction to opiates like heroin and prescription painkillers. If you are addicted to heroin, morphine, Vicodin, oxycodone, hydrocodone or other opioid-based drugs, a Suboxone drug detox may be appropriate for you.
Michael’s House offers a Suboxone detox for some patients, depending upon the circumstance.
Call us at 1-877-345-8494 to learn more.
It’s Not For Everyone
Suboxone is not prescribed to everyone who enters drug detox. First, you must be physically addicted to an opioid-based drug only. Those who experience withdrawal symptoms after they stop drinking, for example, will not benefit from Suboxone.
Additionally, if you are currently taking high doses of heroin or high doses of methadone, OxyContin, Percocet, Lortab and other opiates, then you may not be able to start your drug detox with Suboxone.
Unique in its dispensation, Suboxone is taken by placing it under the tongue and allowing it to dissolve. You can speed up the process by drinking some water before hand to make sure that your mouth is moist. If you are prescribed more than one tablet, it is best to take them two at a time, placing one under the left side of the tongue and the other under the right, making sure that the first two dissolve completely before moving onto the next pair. Don’t talk while you’re waiting. It can take between five and 20 minutes for the pills to dissolve, though the average is about 10 minutes.
How It Begins
The time that must elapse between the last dose of your drug of choice and your first dose of Suboxone will vary depending upon whether your drug of choice is a short-acting or long-acting opiate. You will most likely wait between 36 and 72 hours before you begin your Suboxone drug detox. This process is called precipitated withdrawal and it’s important that you wait long enough to allow the Suboxone to be effective.
Determining Your Correct Dose
Once you become accustomed to your dose of Suboxone, your body will stabilize on the drug. This means that you won’t feel opiate withdrawal symptoms or experience cravings. Any side effects you may experience when you first start taking Suboxone will fade so that you feel “normal.” When this happens, you will maintain this dose until you are ready to start tapering off.
The last stage of Suboxone drug detox is the slow taper off the drug. Dose by dose, you taper off of Suboxone, either taking less of the drug or increasing the number of days between doses until, finally, you are off of it completely. When done correctly, you should feel only mild withdrawal symptoms.
Suboxone Drug Detox at Michael’s House
If you would like to learn more about Suboxone or opiate detox at Michael’s House, contact us today: 1-877-345-8494.
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