Subutex (Sublocade)

Jan. 252024

Subutex has served as a beacon of hope for those grappling with opioid use disorder (OUD). This groundbreaking medication offers a safe and effective pathway to recovery when administered by experienced healthcare professionals. 

At Waterstone Counseling Center, Subutex is one of several medication-assistant treatments we provide in combination with personalized therapy and counseling to help our patients reach long-lasting sobriety.

What is Subutex?

Subutex was first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002 and is one of a few medications that are noted as being a safe option for treating opioid addiction. Extensive research has confirmed that taking Subutex is significantly safer than continuing the use of opioids since it does not cause damage to vital organs. 

Subutex is given daily in the form of a dissolvable sublingual tablet that is placed under the tongue. It becomes absorbed into the body to help patients experience less intense withdrawal symptoms. The effects of buprenorphine also help to diminish cravings for additional opioids such as prescription pain medications, heroin, or morphine. By alleviating the physical symptoms of withdrawal, this treatment elicits the mental clarity required for men and women to focus on the emotional aspects of addiction and recovery. 

Subutex does not alter cognitive functioning, which allows patients to continue going about their daily lives without any physical disruption. Patients can maintain their daily responsibilities, such as work and school, while also focusing on their recovery. 

How Subutex Treats Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) 

Composed of buprenorphine hydrochloride as its main active ingredient, Subutex is a partial opioid agonist-antagonist that is prescribed to treat individuals struggling with addictions to opioids. 

This means it binds to the same brain receptors as other opioids but with a crucial difference—it does not fully activate these receptors. The central nervous system is impacted to a far lesser extent compared to full opioid agonists, reducing the risk of severe side effects. 

Numerous studies have confirmed the safety and effectiveness of Subutex for patients struggling with addictions to opioids. Patients who have incorporated this medication into their treatment plans have reported a decrease in cravings for continued use of opioids. 

In addition, multiple patients who took part in a Subutex treatment regimen reported that the symptoms often associated with opioid withdrawal are lowered, which allows them the opportunity to focus on the other facets of recovery. 

Potential Side Effects of Subutex

It is important for patients to understand that while this medication is considered to be safe, side effects can still occur. If you or someone you love is contemplating incorporating Subutex into a treatment regimen, it is important to first discuss these potential side effects with your physician to determine if Subutex is the most appropriate medication to take. Some can include:

Prior to incorporating Subutex into your treatment plan, it is important to first discuss any potential side effects that may occur. As is the case with most medications, there are risks of side effects while taking this medication. 

By speaking with your physician, you will be able to gain a better understanding of any adverse food, over-the-counter medication, or prescription medication interactions that could take place. It is important for individuals to be aware of potential side effects that can occur. 

The most common side effects are withdrawal symptoms, nausea, anxiety, depression, drowsiness, sweating, weakness, headache, infections, generalized pain, constipation, runny eyes, vomiting, chills, diarrhea, flu-like symptoms, and feeling dizzy or nervous. 

The least common side effects may include upset stomach, breathing problems, accidental injury, abscesses, and fever. It is important to make your physician aware should any of these side effects take place so he or she can properly adjust your dosage or medication if necessary.

Subutex should be kept at room temperature, and away from direct sunlight and moisture to maintain its efficacy and limit side effects. 

The Benefits of Subutex at Waterstone Counseling Center

There are typically three treatment phases for patients who incorporate Subutex into their treatment plans. When prescribed, patients will generally experience the following phases:

  • Induction: This is the first phase where a patient receives Subutex. It typically takes place during the start of withdrawal stages, when individuals have recently ceased their use of opioids.
  • Stabilization: During the second phase of treatment, patients do not experience the symptoms of withdrawal anymore, and do not crave opioids. During the stabilization phase, a patient’s dosage can be adjusted depending on his or her specific treatment needs.
  • Maintenance: Individuals are now able to discuss weaning off of the medication completely or using another medication.

During these phases, it is extremely beneficial for patients to simultaneously attend therapeutic interventions, such as individual and group therapy. Research shows patients are less likely to relapse when they have support and encouragement through therapeutic interventions.

Individual therapy sessions allow individuals to discuss their progression and recovery in a one-on-one setting with a highly qualified counselor. Group therapy gives people the chance to come together with other patients who are struggling with addictions as well. 

At Waterstone Counseling Center, the use of Subutex is embedded in a holistic and patient-centered approach to treating opioid dependency. The benefits of using Subutex at Waterstone include:

  • Customized treatment plans
  • Counseling and support
  • Reduction in opioid withdrawal symptoms and cravings
  • Lower risk of opioid-related respiratory depression
  • Support in managing both physical dependence and psychological challenges
  • A step towards long-term recovery and wellbeing

Overall, when Subutex is incorporated into a medication-assisted treatment program for patients struggling with opioid addiction, they have reported extremely favorable results. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How long does Subutex stay in your system?

The duration varies depending on individual metabolism and the dose of buprenorphine. Generally, it can remain detectable for up to 8 days, with its effects lasting about 24 hours after a dose. 

What’s the difference between Suboxone and Subutex?

Subutex contains only buprenorphine, a partial opioid agonist. In contrast, Suboxone includes both buprenorphine and naloxone, an opioid antagonist that is added to deter misuse. 

Where can I go to get prescribed Subutex?

It can be prescribed by healthcare professionals certified under the Drug Addiction Treatment Act. These are often found in specialized addiction treatment centers like Waterstone Counseling Center or by doctors with expertise in addiction medicine. 

Subutex Treatment Program In Connecticut

Subutex is an important tool in the fight against opioid use disorder, offering a pathway toward health and sobriety. By understanding how it works, the side effects, and the benefits, individuals seeking help can make more informed decisions about their addiction treatment

Embracing a treatment program that includes Subutex under professional guidance can be a transformative step toward long-lasting recovery. If you or someone you love is interested in receiving a Subutex treatment program in Connecticut, please contact us today. 

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