methadone prescription: New Treatments for Opioid Dependence

What is A Buprenorphine Doctor? A buprenorphine doctor is a physician who prescribes Suboxone® which is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. According to the FDA, this medication is currently approved for the treatment of opioid dependence. Thanks to the DATA 2000 law which allowed the prescribing of this medication by any physician, since 2003 we have new medication for narcotic addiction.

Introduction of Suboxone was a breakthrough. Prior to 2003, the official treatment for opioid addiction was limited to methadone maintenance. Despite the enormous benefits methadone clinics have brought, they remain problematic for patients. These clinics are often located in remote, inconvenient areas of a city which makes travel difficult. Some patients would have to travel to other towns or cities to find a clinic. The larger problem has been the need to go to the clinic daily to get a methadone prescription. Patient will start lining up at five in the morning to get their dose of medication along with one hundred others. Patient’s didn’t like this, neighborhoods didn’t like it, and is was difficult on employers. This model of treatment remains despite it’s deficiencies.

There are several advantages for the use of buprenorphine. The first is that is does not require going to a doctor or clinic on a daily basis. After a few weeks of being stabilized on this medication, a patient usually is able to see their doctor once per month at a convenient time. There are now more than 14,000 doctors in the United States who prescribe this medication so patients can easily find one in their area. Appointments are in a physician’s offices and are therefore more private. For many, not having the “stigma” of going to a methadone clinic is so important that they are now willing to seek treatment.

How does buprenorphine work? Everyone has opioid receptors in their body. These receptors are responsible for how we feel pain and pleasure. We all know have well narcotics such as Oxycontin or hydrocodone work for pain. We also know how much of a problem heroin has caused because it is so pleasurable. The two main problems with opioids have been the risk of addiction and the risk of death in overdose. There has been an explosion in the United States with the overuse of narcotic medication by almost every age group; opioid dependence is no longer just for the heroin users.

The naloxone component in Suboxone helps prevent the misuse of this medication. If the pill is crushed and injected, it will not work. Buprenorphine itself has some special properties. It has the ability to stimulate opioid receptors enough to reduce pain, stop cravings, and produce a mild elevation in mood. At higher doses, it begins to stop working. An overdose of buprenorphine alone should not cause a person to stop breathing like other narcotics can do. Patients also report not getting “higher” on larger doses of buprenorpine. Rather, they report feeling “bad.” Because of this, there is less overuse.

A Suboxone® prescription is not completely free of problems. Since it is a narcotic, long-term use of this medication will result in physical dependence. Suddenly stopping it will result in typical opioid withdrawal symptoms. It can be fatal if used in conjunction with other drugs such as alcohol and benzodiazepines (Xanax®, Valuim®, Ativan®).

Find a Doctor that Can Provide a Suboxone® Prescription Finding a doctor that prescribes Suboxone (buprenorphine) is not difficult. There are a number of physician locator services on the web. You should note that not all physicians are registered on theses sites. Some do this so they can limit their Suboxone treatment to selected patients. The first place to start is to ask you own physician if he or she prescribes buprenorphine.

Dr.Rich (Richard Senyszyn MD) is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with licenses in Texas and Hawaii. He specialized in the treatment of opioid addiction with buprenorphine. For more information on Dr.Rich, buprenorphine, and finding a doctor who prescribes buprenorphine near you: http://www.allaboutsuboxone.com/

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Methadone being demonized by local media – This is a story from a Philadelphia news station about a methadone clinic and the availability of Methadone on the streets. The video shows nothing to prove any drug dealing. Most likely the transactions seen were the buying and selling of Bus tokens, that is why it was done so openly. The mother interviewed in the video is on a warpath against Methadone and will not accept the fact that he died as a result of his addiction. Methadone prevents the spread of aids, Hepatitis C and other diseases. It also saves the lives of thousands of people who are addicted to Heroin, Percocet, oxycontin, vicodin and other opioid drugs. The recent rise in Methadone deaths are NOT as a result of treatment clinics, but because doctors are hesitant to prescribe oxycontin and other short acting opiates due to the media campaign against them. Doctors are now prescribing Methadone it their place and the insurance companies love it because it’s so much cheaper than other pain killers. Police and DEA studies show that almost all of the Methadone available on the streets is in pill form which is never given to patients at clinics, instead they are diverted to the street from pain patients who can’t work and are living in poverty because of their pain and sell off a part of their prescription lured by the large sums of money the drugs command. This video also fails to mention that addicts attending clinics have to go to the clinic to get their dose 365 days a year until they have significant clean

 

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