WHAT IS SUBLOCADE TREATMENT FOR OPIATE ADDICTION?
Sublocade is a brand name month long injectable medicine that contains the active ingredients buprenorphine. It is used to treat adults who are dependent on opioids. In 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Suboxone for treatment of opiate addiction.
A 2015 study conducted by Harvard University determined that buprenorphine treatment in conjunction with therapy and/or counseling at least triples the probability an individual will achieve opioid abstinence during active treatment versus counseling alone.
IMPACT OF HEROIN AND OPIATES ON THE BRAIN
When someone is abusing opioids, the opioids bind to the neuroreceptors in the brain providing euphoria and pain relief. As a person continues to abuse opioids, their brain becomes more tolerant to opioids and requires increased doses for the same effect. But, their brain chemistry has changed, which increases their impulsivity and desire and decreases their predictive thinking skills. When someone that is dependent or addicted to opioids stops using opiates and those neuroreceptors are not receiving the opioid, people will feel severe withdrawal symptoms.
HOW DOES SUBLOCADE (BUPRENORPHINE) WORK?
Sublocade (buprenorphine) injections are administered once a month and inhibits people from craving opiates and reduces the withdrawal symptoms that are associated with opioid abuse. Buprenorphine competes with the abused opioid to attach to the same neuroreceptors in the brain. Since it has a stronger binding ability to the neuroreceptors, it binds and blocks out the abused opioid. In addition, since it is a partial agonist and provides a limited opioid effect, buprenorphine is able to suppress withdrawal symptoms without euphoria.
BENEFITS OF SUBLOCADE (BUPRENORPHINE)
With a monthly injection of Buprenorphine treatment may:
– Decrease cravings for opioids and eliminate withdrawal symptoms
– Reduce illicit opioid use
– Block the effects of other opioids
– Help patients stay in treatment
– Lower potential for misuse
– Ceiling on medication effect
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IS SUBLOCADE (BUPRENORPHINE) TREATMENT TRADING ONE ADDICTION FOR ANOTHER?
No. Use of buprenorphine stops withdrawal symptoms and reduces compulsive behavior, loss of control, and cravings —all symptoms present in opioid addiction. When all symptoms of addiction cease, remission begins. Buprenorphine treatment is not switching one addiction for another.
The most important factor is the difference between physical dependence and addiction. Buprenorphine maintains some of the preexisting physical dependence, but is easily managed medically and eventually allows for tapering off of Buprenorphine. Physical dependence, unlike addiction, is not a medical condition requiring treatment and is a normal physical discomfort when a person has consumed large doses of opiates for a long period of time.
COMPARING SUBLOCADE (BUPRENORPHINE) TO METHADONE
For many years, doctors have used Methadone to treat heroin addiction; however, people who take Methadone are typically required to visit their Methadone clinic every day to obtain their medicine. This can be a barrier to treatment for some many individuals. Also, many communities do not have Methadone clinics, so Methadone is not easy or convenient to acquire. Sublocade (buprenorphine) is a better option for opioid addiction treatment. Instead of getting Sublocade at a special clinic, a physician administers it in the office—making treatment and recovery easier. Methadone users also may require more and more Methadone over time as it does not have diversion technology, such as Naloxone.
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