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Buprenorphine Treatment in San Diego

In the United States, over 100 people die a day from an opioid overdose. The Opioid epidemic has become a public health concern that has impacted millions of people. Approximately 30% of people who are prescribed opioids misuse them. Of this group, over 10% develop Opiate Use Disorder (OUD). Opioid addiction is more prevalent today than at any other time in history. Opioid overdose is now the number one cause of accidental death in the US. 

Our Suboxone treatment center in San Diego is fighting back against the opioid crisis. By using medication-assisted treatment, we can reduce the intense symptoms of withdrawal. At the same time, prevent the drug cravings that pull people back into their addiction. Cravings and the fear of painful withdrawal symptoms are the main factors that contribute to a person’s relapse. 

At San Diego Suboxone, we offer Buprenorphine maintenance as part of our medication-assisted treatment program. Buprenorphine is used to prevent cravings and lessen the temptation of taking opioids. At our San Diego Suboxone clinic, we use Buprenorphine once the patient has begun the opioid withdrawal phase of their recovery. Our medical professionals can then begin maintenance treatment. 

Buprenorphine is a partial agonist opioid; it stimulates the opioid receptors in the brain to a lesser extent than other opioids. It blocks the withdrawal symptoms allowing for a smoother transition to sobriety. By using this, we can offer our patients with opioid dependency a safer detox experience. 

Talk to one of our medical professionals today and see why you should participate in a Buprenorphine treatment plan. 

The Difference Between Buprenorphine & Suboxone


Buprenorphine works as a partial opioid agonist for brain receptors; it partially blocks the effects of other opioids. A daily dose of Buprenorphine is given in a sublingual tablet. It is the only prescribed opioid medication-assisted drug that can be provided by a physician in an office-based setting. 

This allows doctors to treat their patients with opioid addictions the same way they would treat a patient with chronic pain. However, there is still a possibility of abuse with Buprenorphine just as there is with any opioid. While the opioid’s effects may be limited with Buprenorphine, those limitations can be diverted. 


While Suboxone has Buprenorphine in it, it is mixed with Naloxone, which is a full opioid agonist. Naloxone is used to reverse overdoses and completely block the effects of other opioids. The risk of Buprenorphine abuse is limited with Suboxone because if injected, it prompts severe withdrawal symptoms. 

Suboxone works to relieve cravings and symptoms related to detox. Similar to Buprenorphine, it can be taken at home and does not require the patient to participate in an inpatient program. 

Side Effects of Buprenorphine

The following is a list of side effects for Buprenorphine. Someone who is seeking Buprenorphine treatment should always speak to a medical professional before taking it.

  • Dizziness
  • Constipation
  • Drowsiness
  • Headache 
  • Nausea
  • Drug Withdrawal
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting

While these side effects may occur, the person taking Buprenorphine will be monitored by a doctor or medical professional. Our San Diego Buprenorphine treatment can help those who are struggling with opioid abuse. At our Suboxone clinic, our patients can begin to build the foundation for long-lasting recovery.

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What are other uses for Buprenorphine?

The FDA has approved the use of Buprenex (Buprenorphine injection) and Butrans (Buprenorphine patch) to treat pain. However, neither of these are allowed to be used for treating addiction.

Who can prescribe Buprenorphine?

A physician who has been issued an “X” by the DEA is able to prescribe buprenorphine. Doctors are required to take an 8-hour class on addiction to be able to apply for a special DEA #. Once it has been given to them they are only allowed to treat 30 patients at a time.

Is Buprenorphine addictive?

While there is some risk in developing a dependency on buprenorphine, it is small. It is rare that a person will develop an uncontrollable urge to take buprenorphine. Any physical dependence that could occur is carefully monitored and easily treatable.

What happens if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose and remember a few hours later then it is safe to take it. If you miss a dose and only remember until it is almost time to take the next day’s dose then do not take a double dose. It will be wasted due to the ceiling effect.

What is a ceiling effect?

A ceiling effect is a phenomenon of when a drug reaches its maximum effect and taking a higher dose would be ineffective. 

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