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Suboxone Specialist

Quality of Life Medical & Research Center

Medical Center & Aesthetics located in Tucson, AZ

Opioids offer pain relief for valid reasons, but these powerful drugs can easily lead to uncontrolled dependence and addiction. At Quality of Life Medical & Research Center, John McGettigan, MD, and a team of experts help you overcome addiction with Suboxone®, one of the most successful medications for detox. Men and women in the Tucson, Arizona, area who want help with opioid dependence and addiction should call the office or schedule a consultation using the online tool.

Suboxone Q & A

What is Suboxone?

Suboxone® is an FDA-approved medication that contains the active ingredient of buprenorphine. The medication also contains naloxone, which remains inactive unless the drug is misused. It’s only available via prescription.

How does Suboxone work?

Suboxone is an option to treat opioid addiction if you have trouble naturally tapering off opioids. Suboxone binds with the same receptors as many addictive substances. When you take it, Suboxone occupies these receptors so the narcotics have nothing to bind with, meaning they have nowhere to go and have no effect on your body.

Will Suboxone treatment cause side effects?

Suboxone provides some of the same good feelings you get with opioids. This means you wean off narcotics without the massive withdrawal experienced if you go cold-turkey. You feel normal and free of cravings.

Suboxone taken under the guidance of Dr. McGettigan allows you to safely wean from narcotics dependence. He is available to provide you with support and answers along the way, too.

What are Subutex and Sublocade?

Subutex® is a medication you take prior to taking Suboxone. It contains just buprenorphine. You may also opt for Sublocade®, an injectable form of buprenorphine recently approved for treating opioid addiction.

How do I know I need help for opioid addiction?

Opioids are a class of drugs that are prescribed for valid pain reasons or post-surgery. Opioid drugs include OxyContin®, Vicodin®, and Percocet®.

The vast majority of prescriptions are made for valid reasons, and people find it easy enough to stop taking them. However, some people just can’t stop, even when the source of pain resolves.

Signs that opioid addiction is a problem that needs medical intervention include:

  • Changes in behavior made to acquire the drug
  • Drug use that interferes with work and personal relationships
  • An inability to stop using the drug even when the source of pain is gone

You should also be concerned about addiction if you have a past history or family history of drug or substance abuse.

If you’re concerned about opioid use and want help weaning from them, call the office or schedule an appointment using the online tool.