Sublocade (buprenorphine extended-release) is a prescription medication that addiction treatment centers use to treat a person with moderate to severe addiction to opioids.
With the right medication, a person who has an addiction to opioids has a better chance of sustainable recovery without relapse.
Why Specialists Use Sublocade Treatment
Doctors may prescribe Sublocade to reduce the harsh effects of withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings. This increases their chances of a lifelong recovery without relapse.
Are You a Candidate for Sublocade?
You may be a candidate for Sublocade if you have an addiction to opioids. However, you may not take Sublocade unless you have been taking buprenorphine – another treatment for addiction – for at least seven days. Talk with your treatment specialist about buprenorphine and whether it is necessary for your recovery.
You will also want to consider any medical conditions that you may have that determine if Sublocade is safe for you to take. Tell your doctor if you have ever had or currently have the following conditions, including:
- Breathing problems
- Seizures or head injuries
- Mental illness
- Heart problems or diseases
- Co-occurring disorders
If you are currently taking medication for any condition, the medication can interact with Sublocade treatment and cause negative side effects. A medical specialist can assess your situation to determine if you are a candidate Sublocade. Make sure you follow doctor instructions when taking the medication. Do not exceed your prescription duration.
How Do You Take Sublocade?
Sublocade is injected under the skin once every 26 to 30 days. The injection is given by a healthcare provider, so no self-injection is needed. After the injection, you may notice a small lump under your skin. This is a normal reaction to the injection. The lump could last for several weeks but will eventually get smaller.
Injections occur under the skin and not into a vein. Injecting Sublocade into the vein could cause blockage or a clot that reduces blood flow.
Sublocade as Part of an Opioid Addiction Treatment Program
At Sunlight Medical Services, we utilize Sublocade during our medication-assisted treatment program to treat opioid addiction. Your program may also include:
- Intensive outpatient treatment
- Individual, family, or group therapy
- Behavioral intervention for pain
- Addiction counseling
When you get the right treatment for opioid addiction, Sublocade proves to be more effective.
Learn More About Sublocade Treatment at Sunlight Medical Services
If you would like to learn more about Sublocade Treatment, contact Sunlight Medical Services, located in Glendale, AZ. We offer a complete opioid addiction treatment program at our addiction treatment center. Call Sunlight Medical Services at 855.920.1104 to discuss your current condition, explore your treatment options, and get started with your program. We are here to help you get on the road to recovery.