Frequently Asked Questions
Suboxone / Vivitrol Treatment for Opioid Addiction
What is Suboxone Used for?
Is Suboxone the same as Methadone?
Suboxone binds tightly to the same receptors in the brain as opiates such as heroin, morphine and oxycodone. This binding blocks intoxication with these other drugs and prevents cravings. Suboxone allows individuals to transition back from a life of addiction to a life of relative normalcy and safety.
How does Suboxone Work?
Suboxone is a controlled medication sublingual tablet or film used to assist patients recovering from opiate addiction. Suboxone lowers the risk of fatal overdose by 50%.
Can overdose occur with Suboxone?
Suboxone is approved to treat opioid dependence only, whereas methadone is used to treat chronic pain and opioid addiction.
It is difficult to overdose on Suboxone alone. When people overdose while taking Suboxone it is almost always because they are mixing it with sedatives such as benzodiazepines or medicines that slow breathing.
What is Vivitrol?
Vivitrol is another excellent choice as an opioid antagonist to treat individuals addicted to opioids such as heroin, morphine and oxycodone. Vivitrol is a once monthly injection, which is convenient for patients.
How does Vivitrol work?
Vivitrol greatly reduces cravings for narcotics by providing a 50% reduction. Vivitrol is an excellent choice for alcohol withdrawal and abstinence.