Buprenorphine or “Bupe” is a prescription medication (part of Suboxone) that is approved by the US FDA to help people kick their prescription opioid or heroin addiction fast. It’s very easy to get hooked on opioid drugs, including oxycodone and hydrocodone, as well as Percocet, OxyContin and Vicodin.
Bupe is an important part of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), according to Dr. Jahan Chaudhry, founder of the Long Island Compassionate Medical Center in Holbrook, NY.
“When used in MAT, Buprenorphine is one of the two drugs that make up an extremely effective medication. Suboxone, a combo of Bupe and naloxone, can stop cravings and blocks withdrawal symptoms,” Dr. Chaudhry said.
Dr. Chaudhry prescribes Suboxone as an important part of a three-prong strategy to help addicts break free of their addiction. Bupe alone can be used to help a drug user detox but it’s more effective when taken in Suboxone as part of a long-term treatment plan (MAT) that also includes behavior modification and counseling.
“Additionally,” Dr. Chaudhry explained, “Suboxone helps with cravings and withdrawal symptoms it may prevent addicts from engaging in risky behaviors that could lead to opioid overdose.”
Learn more about getting clean or helping a loved one kick their opioid painkiller habit by calling the Long Island Compassionate Medical Center at 631.588.4888.