Hawaii Suboxone Doctors
Opiate addiction creates devastating havoc on a user’s life often leading to long-term pain and suffering. In the past, lack of a safe and comfortable method of detoxing and overcoming opiate addiction prevented many heroin or prescription pain pill abusers from seeking help and getting sober. Today, Suboxone, a medication that is used to help curb cravings and prevent opiate withdrawal, sheds new light on the otherwise gloomy subject of opiate addiction. Hawaii Suboxone doctors provide addicts with medically assisted opiate addiction treatment that really works.
What is Suboxone? More information on Suboxone.com
Suboxone is a medication that was released for public use in 2002. Since the FDA approved the drug, millions of people have been prescribed Suboxone for the treatment of opiate dependence. A combination of Buprenorphine and Naloxone, Suboxone works by both blocking the physical effects of opiates while also curbing cravings and preventing withdrawal. When used correctly, Suboxone can dramatically reduce the risk of relapse in early opiate addiction recovery and significantly increases the chances for sustained recovery.
In 2010, the FDA approved Suboxone Film, another form of the already prevailing drug that was being used throughout hospitals and doctors’ offices in the treatment of opiate dependency. While there are benefits to taking Suboxone tablets, there are also benefits to taking Suboxone Film. Ultimately, the form of the medication that you take will depend on a variety of factors including your own preference, your health and your doctors’ orders. Talk with your Hawaii doctor about the differences between Suboxone sublingual tablets and Suboxone film to get more information.
Opiate Addiction Treatment
Prior to Suboxone, medications such as Methadone prevailed in the treatment of opioid addiction. Unfortunately, many found that Methadone was easily abused and thus came an increased need for a medication that could work to curb cravings and prevent withdrawal but which also could not be abused. Suboxone, a mixture of Buprenorphine to curb cravings and Naloxone to prevent any euphoric effects from the drug, was the answer. Opiate addiction treatment no longer had to be scary or painful, with Suboxone there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Opiate addiction treatment with medications such as Suboxone requires a doctor’s consent. Only a Hawaii Suboxone doctor is licensed to administer Suboxone to patients in the state of Hawaii. Federal and state regulations prevent the administration of this medication by any doctor who has not been properly licensed through the state of Hawaii. Fortunately, there are a number of Suboxone doctors in Hawaii that are readily willing to help people who are suffering from opiate addiction to get sober and turn their lives around.
Who Can Take Suboxone?
If you suffer from certain health conditions such as heart disease, seizures or mental illness you may not be able to take Suboxone. Talk with your Hawaii Suboxone doctor about any health concerns that you have and be honest when answering any questions that your doctor asks. This will ensure that you receive the safest, most adequate care for your individual needs.
Suboxone can lead to life threatening breathing complications especially if you already suffer from asthma, sleep apnea, COPD or another lung condition. Talk with your doctor about the risks involved with taking Suboxone. If you experience any of the following side effects while taking Suboxone seek emergency medical attention:
- Feeling faint
- Slowed breathing
- Difficulty breathing
- Blurred vision
- Slowed reflexes
How is Suboxone Taken?
Suboxone film is administered under the tongue. This medication is not swallowed or chewed. Talk with your Hawaii Suboxone doctor about administration procedures to ensure that you are taking the medication correctly. Your doctor may decide to adjust your dose if he sees that the dose is not affecting you properly. If you believe that the Suboxone is not working or that your dose should be adjusted, do not adjust the dose without first consulting with your doctor, he or she will make the decision and provide you with details on how to proceed safely.
Suboxone will take a few minutes to dissolve under your tongue. Do not swallow the medication or attempt to chew it as this could lead to adverse reactions or may cause you to become ill. If you take more than one dose at a time per your Hawaii Suboxone doctor’s instructions, you may be able to allow both doses to dissolve under your tongue at the same time in order to speed the process. Always follow the administration instructions of your doctor or pharmacist when taking this medication for opiate dependence treatment.
Suboxone Side Effects More information on SuboxoneDrugRehabs.com
While taking Suboxone for the treatment of opiate addiction can and will help you recover there are a number of side effects that may hinder or slow your recovery process. Many of the side effects of Suboxone are harmless and do not require immediate attention. In fact, most side effects will diminish on their own with time. However, if you experience any of the following dangerous side effects while taking Suboxone you should contact your Hawaii doctor immediately:
- Difficulty breathing
- Blurred vision
- Extreme drowsiness
- Unusual weakness
Mild and non-emergency side effects associated with using Suboxone do not necessarily require you to contact a healthcare professional. In fact, most of the early side effects that you’ll feel when using Suboxone will gradually diminish as your body adjusts to using the medication and to no longer using heroin or other opiates. Some of the side effects that are not serious but which you may experience while taking this medication include:
- Stuffy nose
- Flu-like symptoms
Your Hawaii doctor may be able to recommend treatment or remedies that can help to reduce or alleviate these side effects if they do not diminish with time. Should the side effects of Suboxone become too much for you to comfortably recover or if they interfere with your regular routine and last for more than a week or so you may want to talk with your Hawaii Suboxone doctor about possible treatment. The doctor may decide to adjust your dose or change your dose to help reduce the side effects that you are experiencing. Remember, never adjust the dose without approval from your doctor.
Hawaii Drug Rehab Resources
- Narcotics Anonymous Hawaii
- State of Hawaii Adult Mental Health Division
- Choose Help Hawaii Resources