Prescription Medications Prove A Blessing for Addicts Fearing Withdrawal

Suboxone® is a blessing for addicts who want to get rid of their habits but feel frightened by psychological and physical struggles of withdrawal. When used as directed, this relatively new prescription medicine helps overcome opiate addiction. Since its acceptance by the Food and Drug Administration, it has been given to many thousands of people who have then broken away from their additions.

An extra benefit of this medicine and others like it in the new generation of anti-addiction drugs, is that treatment can take place in a private doctor’s office instead of among groups at clinics and treatment centers. Admitting to an addiction is humiliating enough for many people without facing the shame of going to such places. When doctors prescribe the medicine and patients pick it up from pharmacies, many people feel they can hold their heads higher.

Addiction presents many issues. Admitting the addiction in the first place is an important part of eventual recovery. When someone has particular concerns about not being known as an addict or if someone deals with so much shame that that is preventing him or her from attempting to quit, being able to visit one doctor can ease matters considerably.

In order for the drug to be administered safely, it should be taken only with a doctor’s guidance. Buying the product on the street illegally is not a smart solution for someone trying to kick addiction to another drug. Also, improper administration of the drug can lead to dangerous consequences including death. A physician’s guidance is also important when it comes time to leave the Suboxone® behind. A gradually lower dose will help the patient avoid withdrawal.

Some forty million people in the U.S. are addicted to alcohol, cigarettes or other drugs. For them, life is a hard burden in which struggles takes place by the house. People addicted to strong opioids like codeine, fentanyl, morphine, and oxycodone have a very difficult time. Compulsively using these drugs will hurt the body. They also interfere with relationships and work.

According to U.S. government studies, some 10 million Americans have addictions to serious substances such as heroin. These drugs induce dependency and addiction and are notoriously hard to leave behind. Anyone who has ever struggled free of such an addiction know how terribly difficult it is to quit.

For many who somehow quit the drugs, relapse is a major hazard. They return to full time drug use. Some addicts go into rehabilitation programs. Dropout rates there loom large, and those who make it all the way through will sometimes slide back into using drugs.

Withdrawal from addictive drugs comes about when the body is deprived of the substance and its levels in the blood subside. Many addicts fear the pain and discomfort of withdrawal. Symptoms can include anxiety and general agitation combined with aching muscles and sweating.

As the addict move deeper into withdrawal, symptoms can worsen to include stomach cramping, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Trying to give up a drug without guidance from others can be frightening and dangerous. Thank goodness that medical science has stepped in to try to help.

Suboxone® eases addicts off their drug dependencies. The FDA approved it ten years ago. It brings together two addiction-fighting substances, buprenorphine and naloxone. This combination is especially effective at helping to shrink the tendency toward injection abuse especially.

It is important that Suboxone® be taken sublingually or under the tongue rather than being injected. The tablets come in two different doses. One has.5 mg. naloxone and 2 mg. buprenorphine. Another dosage contains 2 mg. naloxone and 8 mg. buprenorphine.

Buprenorphine acts to lower withdrawal symptoms. Risk of overdosing on it is lower than that for methadone, often given to people recovering from heroin or morphine addictions. The buprenorphine, above a certain dosage, does not induce euphoria or “high” so it is less likely to inspire cravings.

Even though it is an opioid itself, it is easier to wean off of it through a gradual process – more so than with other opioids. It is a remarkable transition tool from addiction to drug-free living. No wonder it is prescribed as often as it has come to be.

Another benefit for those working their way off addictions is that this medicine has fairly long lasting effects. A patient will feel it working for about three days. The extra time means a lot to someone who has been struggling to get by hour by hour.

The naloxone in Suboxone® helps stop feelings engendered by opioids. It is able to do its job when the prescription medicine is taken as directed and allowed to dissolve under the tongue. If it is injected, the ingredients will cancel each other out and make the prescription useless. Withdrawal could come on rapidly and prove dangerous.

Taking the medicine as prescribed solves the problem with ease. When used properly, Suboxone® is a worthy medicine that can help many who are trying to leave addictions behind.