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Procedure - Suboxone®

Opiod dependence is a physical addiction to prescription pain killers or heroin. This condition affects many people in Northern Utah; it’s a complex health problem with social, psychological, and biological components. The brain adapts to regular use of opiods over time which is how dependence forms.

People suffering with opiod dependence can stop the course of addiction with help from a medical professional. Suboxone® is a prescription medication that helps patients get on the path to recovery. Suboxone® is taken in combination with other treatment including counseling, psychosocial support, and office-based treatment. Patients are under the care or an experienced physician who administers Suboxone® and closely monitors their progress while using it.

What is Suboxone®?

Suboxone® contains a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is an opioid medication, sometimes called a narcotic. Naloxone blocks the effects of opioid medication such as pain relief or feelings of well-being that can lead to opiod abuse.

How should I take Suboxone®?

Your Ogden Clinic doctor will give you clear directions for taking Suboxone®. Follow directions on your prescription label and never take Suboxone® in larger amounts or longer than prescribed. Suboxone® may be habit-forming — never share Suboxone® with another person. Misuse of narcotic medication is unlawful as it can cause addiction and/or overdose. Your doctor will need to know all current medications you take and any you start/stop taking, especially any sedatives.

What are the benefits of a Suboxone® treatment plan?

  • Suboxone® is safe and effective to use under the guidance of an experienced Ogden Clinic physician
  • Suboxone® is long-lasting: once maintained, the prescription frequency can vary from weekly to monthly, depending on the patient's needs (determined by his/her physician)
  • Suboxone® offers a more mild withdrawal and detoxification process
  • Suboxone® treats withdrawals and cravings while blocking the effect of other opiates so patients can fully participate in their recovery
  • Suboxone® is administered by an Ogden Clinic physician, so there is greater flexibility than the requirements of methadone treatment programs