Because there is no cure-all for chronic pain, pain management physicians may recommend a combination of treatment options that include both modern medicine, like injections, non-surgical and surgical procedures; and complementary medicine, like Chinese acupuncture, massage therapy, and counseling. Opioid pain medication may also be recommended and prescribed to chronic pain patients.
Unfortunately, these medications carry certain risks and can be a challenge for patients to manage. If you’re working to overcome opioid dependence, consult the team at American Spine. Our pain management physicians offer Suboxone as a treatment for drug detoxification and are available to help patients serious about detoxing.
There is a specific place on our website that talks about Suboxone for drug detoxification, but for the sake of this blog, we’re going to give you a run-down on this treatment option. For those unfamiliar with Suboxone, this medication contains two very vital “ingredients”, a.k.a. chemicals: buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is similar to other opioids but produces less euphoric side effects, making it easier for patients to wean off of this and their current pain medication.
Naloxone helps reverse the effects of narcotic medications and will not affect buprenorphine if taken as directed. Suboxone comes in tablet form. If you attempt to inject this medicine, you could die from an overdose or experience withdrawal symptoms, so consult your doctor on directions for taking Suboxone before attempting any of the above-mentioned tactics.
There are risks patients need to be made aware of regarding Suboxone. First, you should notify your American Spine physician of the following:
- You’re allergic to the chemicals in Suboxone (i.e. buprenorphine, naloxone, etc.)
- You have lung problems/difficulty breathing
- You have a head injury or brain problem
- You have a liver, kidney, gallbladder, adrenal gland and/or thyroid problem
- You have an enlarged prostate and/or trouble urinating
- You suffer from alcoholism or have severe mental problems and/or hallucinations
If you are determined a candidate for Suboxone, your American Spine physician will discuss appropriate dosage amounts and how to take the medication. If you’re suffering from opioid addition, call the team at American Spine today!
At American Spine, we are dedicated to treating chronic pain and spine conditions. Offering the latest in minimally invasive spine surgery and other effective treatment options, American Spine is the leading pain physician group of California. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (951)-734-PAIN (7246).
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.
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