Suboxone can be prescribed by doctors, as well as specially certified nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Suboxone may be prescribed by your primary doctor or any of the licensed health care practitioners listed, provided they are appropriately trained to prescribe the medication. The limitations imposed on prescribers can make accessing Suboxone treatment difficult. Finding a doctor that can prescribe Suboxone can be challenging; however, developments in telehealth have made the process of obtaining a prescription for Suboxone more accessible.
Suboxone doctors prescribe Suboxone, a medication to treat opioid use disorder (OUD). The drug is made up of buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist used in the medication assisted treatment (MAT) of OUD.
See Suboxone Film for more on MAT.
Buprenorphine (Suboxone) will trigger some of the same side effects traditional opioid agonists like oxycodone, heroin, or morphine cause; however, it has a ‘ceiling effect,’ meaning the impact of the drug is eclipsed when it reaches a certain point (32mg). The presence of naloxone in the drug makes Suboxone harder to abuse than buprenorphine mono products like Subutex. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist which activates to block the stimulation of opioid receptors in the brain if the medication is misused, i.e., injected or snorted. Suboxone is available in a film, similar to that of a Listerine breath strip. The strip is placed under the tongue, where it dissolves and absorbs into the body via the lingual frenulum or floor of the mouth.
Learn more about Suboxone strips in How to Use a Suboxone Strip.