Telemedicine is a way of accessing medical care through phone calls, video calls, or digital platforms. A doctor or nurse communicates with the patient with real-time audio and video. As the opioid crisis continues to grow and gain momentum, there has been a movement towards online telemedicine treatment for opioid addiction. Telemedicine makes patient care possible in rural and remote areas, as well as more convenient in general. Access to virtual health care is more important than ever due to COVID-19, rising overdoses, and the ability to overcome previously limiting social determinants of health. Telehealth and telemedicine empower patients to access an online Suboxone doctor from their homes, in turn avoiding exposure to COVID-19 and improving access to care.
Medication for addiction treatment has been proven to be effective via telehealth. Medication assisted treatment (MAT) of opioid use disorder (OUD) online works, and modern telemedicine technologies are only continuing to improve. Recent developments in telecommunications technology have meant that health care providers can treat and diagnose acute pain and chronic illness by remote means.
The opioid overdose epidemic originated in the late ’90s and continues to be a leading cause of death in the US. In 2016, opioids were involved in over 42,000 deaths in the US, five times higher than the numbers recorded in the 1990s and continues to rise today. Addiction to opioids ranges from prescription pain relievers (morphine, hydrocodone, oxycodone) to synthetic opioids (fentanyl) to illicit drugs like heroin. The gap between patients receiving OUD treatment and patients who require OUD treatment remains substantial. Suboxone treatment online increases the capacity to treat OUD and deliver safe care directly to patients in compliance with FDA regulations.
Suboxone is prescribed as a treatment for OUD. Its unique properties position the drug as a highly effective treatment for addiction to opioids. The medication is available as a strip. Suboxone strips are thin, soluble films that are placed under the tongue. From here, the medication dissolves and enters the body.
The medication consists of buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine, the active ingredient, binds itself to the brain’s opiate receptor to block full opioid agonists like oxycodone and heroin from stimulating the receptor site. While it is attached to the opioid receptor, it partially activates the receptor. Buprenorphine prevents withdrawal symptoms and suppresses opioid cravings. The naloxone in the drug prevents misuse, activating to block opioid stimulation and intoxication in the event the medication is misused, such as being used by injection. Suboxone is highly effective in the treatment of OUD.
See Suboxone Ingredients: All You Need to Know for more about the role of naloxone in Suboxone.
In theory, Suboxone gives you enough of the drug you are addicted to keep you out of withdrawal while allowing your brain to heal from addiction at the same time. Suboxone replaces the dependent opiate in a controlled way so patients can get their lives back, return to work/school, rebuild their relationships, etc.