Medical side of MAT 🌿
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🌿 What Does MAT Mean?
MAT = Medication Assisted Treatment. The medication we prescribe at Mind Redo is Suboxone: Think of it as a nicotine patch for opioid addiction. Nicotine patches are widely used to help people quit smoking. The recovering nicotine addicts are receiving the nicotine without the psychological experiences and harmful physical effects of smoking.
With all MAT's the long term goal is recovery. Our medications can reduce the horrific withdrawal symptoms, giving the addict a fighting chance. The flip side of the medication we provide is that it prevents cravings. Once stabilized, therapy teaches new strategies and techniques to replace old habits. MAT with therapy are the most effective plan for beating addiction.
✔ Suboxone is a partial opioid agonist medication used in treating opioid addiction - it reduces withdrawal and cravings while preventing overdose.
✔ Suboxone is an oral prescription drug which was granted approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2002 to treat opioid addiction. Prescribed as either a sublingual tablet or film, it contains two active drugs:
✔ Buprenorphine, a partial opioid antagonist, which provides relief from craving and withdrawal symptoms by blocking opiate receptors in the brain.
✔ Naloxone, is an opiate antagonist, which blocks the effects of getting high from the partial opioid itself. Using an additional opioid with Suboxone will only give symptoms of withdrawal, not a high.
✔ The combination of Buprenorphine and Naloxone overcomes the shortcomings of the individual drugs. Buprenorphine, for example, has the potential to be addictive but the naloxone quashes the opiate effects.
✔ Naloxone, by contrast, works in the background as a deterrent, only taking effect when opiates are injected into the system. When this happens, naloxone can induce withdrawal symptoms including nausea, headache, sweating, restlessness, vomiting, and trembling.
To learn more about Suboxone, it's side effects, interactions with other medications, allergic reactions, etc. please contact your pharmacist. You can also click on Drugs.com for more information.
🌿 The Effectiveness of Suboxone:
✔ Suboxone also seems to work better when used for longer periods of time. One study showed that opiate-dependents who used Suboxone for 12 weeks were more likely to remain abstinent compared to counterparts who had undergone detox only.
✔ Suboxone helps through withdrawal, reduces cravings, and is a deterrent for future use.
Vivitrol for Opioid Addiction
Vivitrol for Alcohol Addiction
How Do Doctors Prescribe Vivitrol?
🌿 Our Doctors want you to know:
✔ Considerations - Suboxone should not be used in persons with moderate to severe liver dysfunction as the can lead to a worsening of symptoms. Common side effects include headache, nausea, vomiting, excessive sweating, constipation, symptoms of withdrawal, insomnia, pain, and the accumulation of fluids in the legs (peripheral edema).
✔ Suboxone does have the potential for misuse if injected. As such, Suboxone can only be prescribed under a doctor-supervised treatment and maintenance program. We want you to succeed, so we implement careful monitoring.