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Subcutaneous Buprenorphine: The Answer To The Opioid Crisis?

Getting under your skin

When you start medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction, your life gets better quickly. However, if you are like many other people, you may have some problems with the treatment. Most MAT medications are sublingual. What this means is that you put the medication under your tongue. You may experience bad taste and it can take a long time for your meds to dissolve. Additionally, to get the medication in the first place, you have to go to a local pharmacy. Unfortunately, many pharmacists are not understanding about what it means to struggle with the chronic illness of addiction. Therefore, you may want to consider subcutaneous buprenorphine.

What is subcutaneous buprenorphine?

Sublocade is currently the only available form of subcutaneous buprenorphine. Therefore, you can simply refer to the medicine by the name Sublocade for now. This revolutionary medicine is injected under the skin. It solidifies and stays in place, slowly releasing buprenorphine at a steady pace. To do this, it uses the patented Atrigel system.

Should everyone on Suboxone switch to Sublocade?

While some doctors have proposed doing this, I do not recommend this approach. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to addiction treatment. So, Sublocade may be the ideal treatment for many patients, it will not be right for everyone.

What alternatives to subcutaneous buprenorphine are there?

Fortunately, you have a variety of options. Suboxone is the most recognized brand out there. It comes in the form of films or strips. There are several other brands as well that you place under the tongue. Therefore, if you cannot tolerate the injection, you still have other choices.

What about not using medicine to treat opioid addiction?

While it is possible to overcome opioid addiction without the use of treatment medication, the success rate is far lower. However, there are several medication classes available. These include methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone. The third choice is the only non-opioid of the three. In fact, naltrexone is also available in the form of a monthly injection. I strongly recommend seeing a qualified doctor to help you make the right choice to treat opioid addiction.

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