Columbia Internal Medicine

Padma Sripada, MD

Internal Medicine & Medical Spa located in Castleton, NY

Prescription pain relievers have become a serious crisis among Americans in the last 20 years. Padma Sripada, MD, a board-certified internal medicine specialist, at Columbia Internal Medicine in Castleton, New York, serving East Greenbush, Valatie, and surrounding areas, provides Suboxone treatment for opioid addiction management. Suboxone is a medication that helps reduce the symptoms of opioid addiction and withdrawal, and it is often the first step in an addiction treatment program. If you or a family member need help overcoming an opioid addiction with prescription Suboxone, call to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.

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What is Suboxone?

Suboxone is a combination of two different drugs: buprenorphine and naloxone. These two drugs work together to gradually diminish the opioid dose to help you transition from a stronger opioid. It offers a safe, FDA-approved way for you to gradually wean off an opioid medication while minimizing negative withdrawal symptoms.

Since an opioid addiction is such a strong dependence, gradually alleviating the addiction with Suboxone is one of the safest ways to dilute your craving.

How does Suboxone work?

Opioids contain an agonist which activates receptors in your brain and causes a dependency. Rather than block those receptors altogether, Suboxone contains buprenorphine —  partial agonists — which reduce the effects on the receptors in your brain rather than shutting them down all at once. This is a safer way to reduce your dependence on opioids rather than attempting to quit cold turkey.

Since Suboxone only partially triggers the receptors in your brain, the effects of the “highs” from the drug are much lower in comparison to the actual opioids, or full agonists.

The other drug in Suboxone, naloxone, is a pure opioid antagonist, meaning it shuts down the brain receptors completely and helps reverse the effect of the opioid. Alone, this antagonist can trigger unpleasant withdrawal symptoms such as:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Mood swings and irritability
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle cramps

Suboxone often provides the balance and support you need to gradually reduce your dependency on the opioid itself.

What are the signs of opioid addiction?

The medical community often prescribes opioids as a way to relieve pain from injuries, after surgery, or for chronic conditions. Opioids relieve pain by lowering the number of pain signals your body sends to your brain and by changing the way your brain responds to the pain. Signs that you may have an addiction to opioids include:

  • Inability to stop using the medication
  • Using more than the prescribed amount
  • Euphoria
  • Irritability and depression
  • Drowsiness
  • Poor coordination
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Poor coordination
  • Low motivation
  • Anxiety attacks

If you or someone you know needs help managing an opioid addiction, Suboxone may be part of a comprehensive treatment plan. Since it’s a prescription medication, you need to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sripada either by calling the office or using the online booking tool.