Working in a Suboxone clinic, we commit ourselves to educating patients on both addiction and addiction treatment. In our experience, more times than not, patients prescribed medications like Suboxone haven’t ever been taught how to correctly take their medication. For that reason, we spend time helping patients to understand the science behind Suboxone, how to take it correctly, and what variables can reduce its efficacy.
One of the most important facts to highlight about Suboxone, is that in its prescribed form, the medication is in an “inactive state.” What does that mean? In simpler terms, if the medication was a light, it would be in the “off” position naturally. In order to turn the medication to the “on” position, the medication would need to be put under the tongue. Suboxone and medications like Suboxone, are designed to be taken “sublingually.” This means under the tongue. Once the medication is put under the tongue, the saliva in our mouths activates the medication, or turns it from the “off” position, to the “on” position. In order for a patient to receive the greatest benefit, there are several tips our doctors review with patients in our Suboxone clinic.
1. No food, no drinks, no smoking, for 30min before and 30min after taking medication. Food, drinks, and smoking can have an impact on the absorption of the medication. Often times when a patient feels like they need more medication, we will find out they haven’t followed this helpful tip. However, once they do, they find the medication is working wonderfully for them.
2. No talking while the medication is under the tongue. When we talk, we naturally swallow, causing the medication to lose its effectiveness. The moment the medication hits the stomach, it no longer has the ability to work as designed. In fact, it can cause nausea and upset stomach if swallowed.
3. Wait until the medication has been completely dissolved under the tongue and absolutely no medication is left. It can be easy to lose patience and try to speed up the process. The dissolution of the medication is your signal that the process is complete. We encourage patients to spit the remaining saliva out, instead of swallowing.
Those three simple tips are all a part of the educational process when we see a patient for MAT at our Suboxone clinic. These tips are reserved only for active patients under our physicians care, and in no way are designed to provide instruction or medical advice for non-patients. If you are currently being seen by one of our medical providers, and have questions on your treatment, please call our office at 615-927-7802. If you are wanting to become a patient, give our Suboxone clinic a call at 615-927-7802 and we will be glad to schedule you for a new patient appointment!