In 2018, The FDA approved a new medication in its war on the Opioid Epidemic. Sublocade, a once monthly subcutaneous medication, contains an extended-release form of buprenorphine, the same active ingredient found in Suboxone. Both prevent opioid withdrawal commonly called “Dope Sickness”, and at the same time block the feel good highs associated with opioid abuse. It is the latest weapon in the war against overdose and death from heroin, fentanyl and opioid painkillers such as Percocet and OxyContin.
A month’s supply of Sublocade is painlessly injected under the skin where it is slowly released into the body. Because it doesn’t have to be taken daily, Sublocade helps prevent relapse especially during the early stages of recovery when people are just learning how to cope with situations, feelings and people that trigger cravings. Sobriety is easier because there is no worry about missing a dose, losing meds, or feeling tempted to use. As important, the people who care most about you don’t have to constantly worry about whether or not you’ve taken your meds or be in fear for your safety.
Sublocade is much harder to abuse or divert than Suboxone. Because it is a monthly medication, abuse and diversion are avoided. The risks of taking more than prescribed, and of overdose and death are not a concern. The problem of the medication getting into the wrong hands is gone. Trading for other drugs is impossible, and the danger of accidental ingestion by young children is no longer a worry.
People are usually started on Suboxone, and then easily transitioned onto Sublocade without having to go through any withdrawal. It is prescribed for moderate to severe opioid dependence. The medication is comfortably and safely administered in the privacy of your doctor’s office. Dr. Kittay is an experienced DEA licensed provider of Sublocade. Remember addiction is treatable, and recovery is real. We at Advanced Addiction Medicine and Psychiatry are here to help. Don’t wait. Please call us now.