Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist/antagonist medication tablet used in treatment for opioid addiction. Taken in tablet form under the tongue, it reduces cravings and withdrawal symptoms so you experience a more gradual detox process and reduce risk of relapse.
How Treatment Works
To begin Buprenorphine treatment at Morse Clinic, you will be required to complete a clinical evaluation to assess if Medication Assisted Treatment is right for you. This process involves gathering information on your physical and psychosocial health, as well as past and present drug use. Every patient, including transfers to the program, must complete this screening before beginning treatment.
Your Buprenorphine dosage will be determined by a staff physician based on your history and physical condition. The cost of treatment for the Buprenorphine Maintenance Program is $120 per week, regardless of dose, but may be free for most of our Medicaid clients.
When you arrive at a Morse Clinic, you will check in at the front desk for dosing. The front desk will collect any payment that is due and may alert you if you have a random urine drug screen due before dosing. All Buprenorphine medication will be administered by a nurse.
Is it Safe?
When taken in doses prescribed by your physician, Buprenorphine is very safe. Some patients may experience headaches, withdrawal syndrome, pain, insomnia, nausea and constipation as side effects of Buprenorphine medication.
It is extremely dangerous to consume benzodiazepines, alcohol or other depressants while taking Buprenorphine.
Buprenorphine may be a good treatment option for women who are pregnant. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, taking Buprenorphine during addiction treatment while pregnant does not cause harm to the baby or the mother.
For more information on our Buprenorphine treatment program, contact Morse Clinic today.