What is Suboxone/Zubsolv? How does it work?
Suboxone/Zubsolv, a combination medication containing buprenorphine and naloxone, are the main medications used for medication-assisted therapy (MAT) for opiate addiction. The use of MATs has been shown to lower the risk of fatal overdoses by approximately 50%.
The medications work by tightly binding to the same receptors in the brain as other opiates, such as heroin, morphine, and oxycodone. By doing so, the medications blunt intoxication with these other drugs, prevent cravings. And allow many people to transition back from a life of addiction to a life of relative normalcy and safety.
The vast majority of physicians, addiction experts, and advocates agree: Suboxone/Zubsolv saves lives.
Q: Do you really in recovery if you’re on Suboxone/Zubsolv?
A: As addiction is a medical condition, these are medications for a chronic condition. To say that you aren’t really in recovery if you are on these is stigmatizing to people who take these.
Q: Do people abuse Suboxone/Zubsolv?
A: It is only a “partial” agonist of the “mu” receptor, it causes less euphoria than the other opiates such as heroin and oxycodone.
Q: Is it as easy to overdose on Suboxone/Zubsolv as it is to overdose with other opiates?
A: It is tough to overdose on these medications alone because these are only a partial opiate receptor agonist, so there is a built-in “ceiling” effect. It means there is a limit to the opioid receptors that can be activated by these. So there isn’t as high a risk of slowed breathing compared with potent opiates such as heroin, oxycodone, or morphine. When people do overdose on Suboxone/Zubsolv, it is almost always because they are mixing it with sedatives such as benzodiazepines, medicines that also slow breathing.
Q: do you have to combine other therapy with Suboxone/Zubsolv?
A: In a perfect world, addiction treatment would include MAT and therapy, support groups, housing assistance, and employment support. But these medications alone are effective therapy itself.
Q: Should Suboxone only be taken for a short period?
A: Addiction is a complex disease that needs to be addressed with compassion, as well as advanced medical care like these medications, as well as IV NAD+ therapy and IV Nutrition/Glutathione therapy to help people overcome addiction.
Dr. Hong Davis’ treatment approaches:
-a complete medical history and medical exam, to find out and correct all possible medical causes
-IV NAD+ therapy, with IV Nutrition/Glutathione Detox
-Diet and exercise counseling
-Lifestyle modification counseling
-Oral supplements suggestions
-Referral for family and group therapy
-Referral for psychotherapy and psychosocial intervention
-Suboxone/Zubsolv therapy ( if prefer not to take IV NAD+ therapy)