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Doctor in Snellville, GA
// Minor Medical Healthcare
We are nonjudgmental office. We treat our patients with respect. We are aware that addiction is a disease and realize it can be a life long battle. We do our best to guide our patients through this difficult time in their life. We help patients manage their addiction by using a medication called suboxone. Suboxone allows patients to resume a normal lifestyle while managing their addiction. It is strongly recommend that patients’ manage their addition with the guidance of a addiction counselor, or attend NA or AA classes. Monthly urine drugs screens are required to verify that patients remain compliant while in treatment.
How Suboxone (Buprenorphine/Naloxone) Works
Buprenorphine has unique properties that can help patients addicted to opioids by:
Decreasing the potential for misuse
Decreasing the effects of physical dependency to opioids, such as withdrawal symptoms and cravings
Increase safety in cases of overdose
Buprenorphine is an opioid and a partial agonist. It's similar to opioids, in that it causes respiratory depression and can have euphoric effects of the patient. These effects are much weaker than those of drugs such as heroin and methadone.
Buprenorphine’s opioid effects increase with each dose until the patient achieves a ceiling dose/effect. This effect lowers the risk of misuse and abuse, patients are able to maintain a normal daily life without having withdrawal symptoms.
The side effects of buprenorphine’s can include:
Nausea, vomiting, and constipation
Muscle aches and cramps
Inability to sleep
Distress and irritability
Most patients rarely experience these effects and if they do they usually resolve in a few weeks. Buprenorphine does have the potential to be misused if used alone due to its opioid-like effect but when naloxone is added to the medication that likelihood diminishes greatly.