One of the medications we use for our MAT program in Port St Lucie, FL is Sublocade.
Sublocade is a medication that combines two other medications. Buprenorphine and Naloxone. This is one of the top medications used for medication-assisted therapy or MAT for opiate addiction in Port St Lucie, FL. It is a time-released medication that is injected.
Sublocade is here to make MAT in Port Saint Lucie, FL even more convenient. Instead of taking a daily dose of medication such as Suboxone. You can now get a once-monthly injection of Sublocade(extended-release buprenorphine) injection administered by Pinnacle Wellness Group. This will take away the worries about getting refills or taking daily doses for a full month. After you have successfully taken sublingually doses of Suboxone for 7 days you can begin a Sublocade MAT.
When you take Sublocade it works by binding to the same receptors in the brain that other opiates use.
Common other opiates like morphine, oxycodone, heroin, and fentanyl are very dangerous when taken on the street. Overdoses are becoming very common and using MAT will dramatically reduce these risks. When taking MAT medications such as Sublocade blocks the receptor’s ability to absorb the other substances. Sublocade also dramatically reduces cravings for other drug use. When using these in combination with group meetings it will allow a great amount of those who felt they had no hope before to find they can live a life of normalcy again.
Sublocade is two medications combined. The first is buprenorphine.
Which is a partial opioid agonist. A partial opioid agonist, buprenorphine delivers a very small opioid dose to a patient. This is greatly reduced from a full opioid agonist which fully stimulates the opioid receptors. This MAT provides a gradual path for the client to be slowly taken off an opiate medication or drug. Minimizing the withdrawal symptoms that usually will affect the individual in the process of stopping another drug. This makes buprenorphine a good first step in the Medicated Assisted Treatment of stronger opiates and opioids such as heroin and fentanyl.
The second medication in Sublocade in Naloxone.
Naloxone is what is called an opiate antagonist. This means it will shut down the ability for the receptor to accept outside opiates and opioids. Blocking the agonist from binding to the receptor.
While this sounds like this would work on its own Naloxone can initiate withdrawal symptoms in individuals if taken too early. Patients who use opiates or opioids chronically can develop dangerous symptoms which can lead to respiratory failure and seizures. The study noticed a “marked reduction” in the use of opioids. They also noticed a reduction in the use of other drugs as well.
What is the difference between Sublocade and Suboxone?
While they are similar in many ways the main difference is how long it lasts. Sublocade is injected and forms a small ball under the skin. Over time this reduces slowly releasing the medication over the span of about a month.
You may already know of the Vivitrol shot but Sublocade is entirely different.
Vivitrol consists of naltrexone, which is a blocker for opioids. While Sublocade is a partial agonist that is released over time. Meaning it blocks other opioids from the receptors in the brain while allowing for some of the low-level opioid agonists to keep withdrawal symptoms at bay.
Sublocade use has to be strictly controlled. It can only be given by a licensed health care professional like the one’s Pinnacle Wellness Group in Port Saint Lucie, FL. The benefit is that this will not require a high level of monitoring like methadone treatments and can be administered monthly in the doctor’s office.
While on Sublocade treatment in Port Saint Lucie, FL the injection is provided at Pinnacle Wellness Group.
The Sublocade is injected in the abdomen once monthly and is slowly released over time. There will likely be a follow up at Pinnacle Wellness Group with one of our health care providers to check on your progress and to evaluate the effectiveness of the Sublocade treatment.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What services do we offer?
- Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid & alcohol addiction. This includes Suboxone, Vivitrol, and Sublocade.
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What is the cost?
Do we offer suboxone maintenance?
Yes! We offer Medicated Assisted Treatment in an outpatient setting. We utilize Suboxone medications (tablets or films), Vivitrol injections, & Sublocade injections.
How can I make an appointment?
Call our office at 772-222-5411
What to Expect From Your Visit
You will be greeted with a smile from our front desk and signed in. If you can take a moment to fill out the forms required that are listed on the home page and on the forms page. This will speed up things.
Next, you will meet with our medical staff and an evaluation will be completed and any tests that are needed will be administered.
Depending on what you are visiting us for you will have either a follow-up or a treatment plan laid out for you.
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