What is SUBOXONE?
SUBOXONE is a prescription medication used for treatment of opioid dependence. SUBOXONE will help people maintain their treatment by overcoming the symptoms of withdrawal and cutting down on the cravings. Opioid dependence causes the brain to have changes in the structure and function, these changes tend to be long-term. SUBOXONE Film works on the physical form of the disease, while this happens you can start making changes to the way you live your life and choices you make.
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What is Opioid Dependence?
Opioid dependence is the addiction to opioids such as prescription painkillers (OxyCotin® Percocet®, Vicodin®, Actiq®, just to name a few) or heroin. This is a very serious medical condition; however, it is treatable.
Opioids work in the body the same way opium does. Some are even made from opium, like morphine. All of these drugs are very powerful and can cause long- term dependence. They are effective for people with severe pain. In most cases, patients don’t become addicted to them. In other cases, opioid dependence becomes a side effect of the treatment, when the patients are unable to stop using the drug when the pain is gone.
A standard way of treating opioid dependence is with methadone taken daily, under supervision, in methadone clinics. Treatment with SUBOXONE® can be taken at home and, therefore, is less disruptive to your life. To start your therapy, the first step is finding a doctor that can treat it. Dr. Anna Yatskar currently treats patients with opioid addiction. In the privacy and comfort of our office, you will be able to discuss and create a customized treatment plan (induction and maintenance) that will fit your needs. Dr. Yatskar has more than 15 years of experience with SUBOXONE®, and was a Clinical Coordinator at the Manhattan VA Medical Center, where early clinical trials were held. She was one of the first doctors in Brooklyn to provide SUBOXONE® therapy to those with opioid addiction in an outpatient setting.