Congratulations on making a decision to enter treatment! We are excited to be your partner through recovery. We want you to be successful in meeting all of your goals in treatment. For this reason, we want to provide you with some basic information and tips for success to help you maximize the benefits you will receive from treatment.
IF YOU BELIEVE YOU ARE EXPERIENCING AN OVERDOSE, SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS, OR A SEVERE MEDICATION REACTION PLEASE CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY
URGENT MEDICATION FACTS
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While opioid replacement medications such as Methadone and Suboxone are completely safe when used as prescribed and directed, there are some urgent facts about these medications that you should be aware of. These medications are very effective in treating opioid addiction, but when used in a manner other than directed, they can become very dangerous.
Methadone and Suboxone are medications that are effective only for opioid addiction. Your medication is for your use only. Not only do state and federal laws forbid giving these medications to anyone else, anyone not prescribed these medications who takes them could experience great harm - potentially even death. Both of these medications, when taken as prescribed, are safe, but to continue to abuse drugs while taking them can cause serious harm. Illicitly taking medication (Valium or Xanax for example) while utilizing methadone or Suboxone for treatment could potentially result in unconsciousness or death. This is also true of alcohol or any other "downer" when abused while you are in treatment.
In the early phase of treatment, these medications may cause you to feel drowsy or light-headed. You should request increases of your dose only as you need during the initial phase of treatment as you seek to become stabilized on your dosage level. Be sure of your alertness before you drive, use machines, or engage in any activity that requires clear-headed thinking. Report to the medical staff, pharmacist, or your counselor if you have questions about how you feel or your adjustment to your medication.
Like any narcotic medication, it is imperative to take these medications as prescribed. Taking more of your medication than prescribed could result in serious harm including death.
If you are pregnant, thinking of becoming pregnant, or think you may be pregnant, please provide this information to clinic staff and schedule to see the physician as soon as possible.
IF YOU BELIEVE YOU ARE EXPERIENCING AN OVERDOSE, SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS, OR A SEVERE MEDICATION REACTION PLEASE CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY.