If you’ve used opioids for chronic pain and have concerns about becoming addicted to the medications, board-certified physicians Ojedapo Ojeyemi, MD, and Matthew Roh, MD, offer resources to get you on your way to recovery. At Orthopedics & Wellness, with clinics in Waldorf, Frederick, and Germantown, Maryland, Dr. Roh and Dr. Ojeyemil create custom treatment plans using Suboxone® to reduce opioid cravings. This treatment can also be effective in relieving chronic pain when other options have failed. Find out more about the benefits of Suboxone by calling the office nearest you or by booking an appointment online now.
Suboxone (buprenorphine-naloxone) is a semi-synthetic opioid painkiller that can help you reduce your dependence on opioids or treat opioid addiction.
Buprenorphine is the first medication approved for the treatment of opioid dependence under the careful supervision of qualified physicians Dr. Roh and Dr. Ojeymi. Other treatments, including methadone, typically require highly structured addiction treatment plans, often in a specialized facility.
Dr. Ojeyemi and Dr. Roh can also recommend using Suboxone to treat chronic pain that lasts longer than six months and isn’t treatable with other types of therapy.
The medication is available in the form of a thin film you take sublingually, allowing it to dissolve under your tongue.
One of its main ingredients, buprenorphine, is a partial agonist, which is a drug that attaches to the same receptors that opioids do, reducing the effects of chronic pain without the opioid high. The other main ingredient, naloxone, works by blocking receptors that opioid medications activate, effectively reducing your craving for opioids when treating dependence or addiction.
The pain-relieving effects of Suboxone can last up to eight hours. Dr. Roh and Dr. Ojeyemi monitor the success of your chronic pain treatment and can adjust your dosage when it proves necessary.
If you’re taking Suboxone to detox from opioids, Dr. Roh and Dr. Ojeyemi might also refer you for behavioral therapy and other addiction counseling and support services to help you avoid relapsing into drug use.
To determine if Suboxone is the right treatment for detoxing from dependence on opioids, Dr. Roh and Dr. Ojeyemi evaluate your treatment goals and your overall health.
Some underlying medical conditions, including kidney problems or a thyroid disorder, can make use of Suboxone unsafe. If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, Suboxone shouldn’t be used and Dr. Ojeyemi and Dr. Roh can recommend other options to address opioid addiction.
If you’re experiencing chronic pain that isn’t relieved by other medications or therapies, Dr. Roh and Dr. Ojeyemi can discuss the benefits of Suboxone as part of your treatment.
Once you begin using Suboxone, you must be able to take the medication as directed. Not taking it correctly or taking too much of it can lead to withdrawals and life-threatening health complications.
Learn more about the benefits of Suboxone for treating opioid dependence and for relief of chronic pain by calling Orthopedics & Wellness today or request an appointment using the online booking feature.