Dr. Mark A. Ramirez, a family medicine specialist in Hemet, California, offers suboxone treatment for opioid addiction, as well as primary care services. Suboxone is provided on a cash basis only.
Suboxone is an opioid medication. Opioids are a class of drugs that include heroin, codeine, and morphine. Suboxone is also known as buprenorphine, buprenorphine and naloxone, and Subutex. The brain has cells called receptors to which opioid medications can bind. Opioids like heroin can quickly cause addiction because of this binding capability, and if the medication is stopped suddenly, the patient can go into withdrawal. Unlike other opioids, however, suboxone does not produce a “high.”
Suboxone is used to treat drug dependence or addiction. Because it targets the same receptor cells as addictive drugs like heroin or morphine, it can replace them while the patient is getting off the addictive drugs. Suboxone relieves cravings, but the patient no longer gets high and is not impaired as he or she would be with other opioid medications. Suboxone also prevents withdrawal symptoms like shaking, sweating, pain and convulsions. In some patients, suboxone is used in place of methadone, another medication used to treat addiction.
Suboxone is approved for treating addiction to opioid medications. Patients who take suboxone should not take other medications that alter mood (like anti-depressants), narcotic painkillers, sedatives, sleeping pills or tranquilizers. Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning to get pregnant should generally not take suboxone because of the risk to the baby.
Suboxone treatment doesn't mean just substituting one medication for another. Addiction treatment is a very complex process that requires careful medical management, therapy and a strong commitment from the patient. Patients on suboxone must follow all medical recommendations carefully and should attend regular counseling sessions or support groups like Narcotics Anonymous. They should also receive regular preventive medical care and treatment of health issues other than addiction. Patients who receive suboxone from Dr. Ramirez should know that it is provided on a cash basis and not covered by insurance.
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