Opioid Addiction

Vulcan Pain Management

Opioid Addiction Treatment & Pain Management located in Birmingham, AL

Working to overcome an addiction to opioids and other drugs requires the expertise and supervision of a qualified physician like Victor E. Mendoza, MD. At Vulcan Pain Management in Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Mendoza offers several therapies, including suboxone, to reduce your dependence on opioids, heroin, and other drugs, and reduce your risk for painful withdrawal symptoms. He meets with you during every visit to address your specific needs. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Mendoza to learn more about the benefits of Suboxone and medically supervised drug-addiction therapies.

Opioid Addiction

What is Suboxone?

Suboxone is a medication useful in treating opioid addictions. The medication is available as a sublingual film containing buprenorphine and naloxone that you place under your tongue.

Dr. Mendoza uses Suboxone as a part of your medically supervised therapy due to its effectiveness at reducing the physical side effects of a drug addiction.

Suboxone is also effective in treating chronic pain. Dr. Mendoza can determine if using this type of medication is the right treatment choice for you.

What can I expect with Suboxone treatment?

Dr. Mendoza creates a custom care plan specific to your needs, taking into consideration your drug-use habits and medical history.

Once he prescribes Suboxone as a part of your therapy, it’s important to take the exact dosage at the same time each day. If you stop taking the medication as Dr. Mendoza prescribes, you can experience uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.

Taking too much Suboxone can lead to an addiction to buprenorphine, another opioid. Misuse of the drug can also result in an overdose, which can create serious health complications, including death.

Does Suboxone have side effects?

Like any medication, Suboxone can cause side effects as your body adapts to treatment. Common side effects of Suboxone include:

  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Blurred vision
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sleeping disturbances
  • Difficulty concentrating

Dr. Mendoza can monitor any side effects Suboxone might cause to determine if you should continue treatment.

If you can’t tolerate Suboxone due to allergies or other medical issues, Dr. Mendoza can recommend an alternative option for treating your opioid addiction.

What are the benefits of Suboxone for treating drug addiction?

Suboxone can effectively treat addictions to opioids and other drugs and can also be useful in helping you manage your chronic pain.

The medication is less addictive than methadone, another treatment for drug addiction, and because it comes in film form, there is less risk for misuse of the drug.

Suboxone offers the benefit of fewer withdrawal symptoms when you stop using the medication, which is done under the supervision of Dr. Mendoza.

To find out if Suboxone therapy is right for you, schedule a consultation with Vulcan Pain Management online or by phone.