Approved for clinical use in October 2002 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), buprenorphine represents the latest advance in medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder. Medications such as buprenorphine, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, provide a whole-patient approach to the treatment of opioid use disorder. When taken as prescribed, buprenorphine is safe and effective. Learn more by scheduling a visit online or by phone today.
Unlike methadone treatment, which must be performed in a highly structured clinic, buprenorphine is the first medication to treat opioid use disorder that is permitted to be prescribed or dispensed in physician offices, significantly increasing treatment access. '
As with all medications used in MAT , buprenorphine is prescribed as part of a comprehensive treatment plan that includes counseling and participation in social support programs.
Buprenorphine offers several benefits to those with opioid use disorder and to others for whom treatment in a methadone clinic is not preferred or is less convenient.
Buprenorphine has unique pharmacological properties that help:
Buprenorphine is an opioid partial agonist. This means that, like opioids, it produces effects such as euphoria or respiratory depression. With buprenorphine, however, these effects are weaker than those of full drugs such as heroin and methadone.
Buprenorphine’s opioid effects increase with each dose until at moderate doses they level off, even with further dose increases. This “ceiling effect” lowers the risk of misuse, dependency, and side effects. Also, because of buprenorphine’s long-acting agent, many patients may not have to take it every day.
The ideal candidates for opioid dependency treatment with buprenorphine:
Buprenorphine treatment happens in three phases:
Treatment of opioid use disorder with buprenorphine is most effective in combination with counseling services, which can include different forms of behavioral therapy and self-help programs.
To determine if this treatment is right for you, schedule a consultation today by calling or using the online scheduling tool.