Rapid detox under sedation is a medical detoxification treatment offered by All Opiates Detox for patients dependent on Bunavail. It consists of sedating the patient and removing Bunavail from the brain receptor while the patient is sleeping. Acute withdrawals are precipitated with an opiate blocker. These withdrawals will pass during the sedation period.
Once the withdrawals are over, and the brain receptors are free of the opiate Bunavail, a blocker is placed to prevent any drugs from getting back into the brain receptor. The blocker of choice used at All Opiates Detox is an implant. Dr. George prefers the Naltrexone implant blocker for several reasons. First, the Naltrexone implant lasts approximately two months, as opposed to Vivitrol (lasts around 28 days) or tablets (have to be taken daily).
Another reason our physicians prefer the implant over the injection is for patients that may not be able to tolerate Naltrexone due to side effects, sensitivity or allergies. The implant can be removed from under the skin, whereas the injection stays in the body for about 28 days and therefore cannot be removed once it is administered. It is recommended to remain on Naltrexone maintenance therapy for at least one year to allow the brain to heal from the damage caused by the drug use and abuse.
Our success rate is near 100% for helping patients detox off opiates without the excruciating pain and discomfort of the withdrawals. Aftercare consisting of the Naltrexone opiate blocker, psychotherapy, and 12 step programs are recommended to ensure long-term abstinence and success.
Bunavail is used as an opiate agonist therapy for the treatment of opiate dependence. It is a semi synthetic opioid derived from thebaine of the poppy seed. Bunavail is a combination of the opiate buprenorphine and the opiate blocker naloxone.
The purpose of combining the opiate buprenorphine with naloxone is to block the “high” effect if injected intravenously. Bunavail is available in the buccal, sublingual film, strip form. It starts to work about 30 minutes after sublingual administration, with maximum effects one to two hours later. The half-life is long and varies between 24-60 hours.
It is an OPIOID.
Side effects patients may experience while using Bunavail are mild nausea, vomiting, constipation, dizziness, drowsiness, blurred vision, headache, sweating, palpitations, insomnia, mouth numbness, tongue pain and redness of the mouth.
Bunavail is a long acting opioid, so withdrawals start several hours to days after its discontinuation. Bunavail withdrawals are more severe than some of the potent opiates. Withdrawals include nausea, vomiting, hot-cold flashes, restlessness, leg cramps, muscle jerking, anxiety and sweating.
Insomnia usually lasts several weeks to months. It is withdrawals that keep the patient going back to the use of opiates and consequently unable to break the cycle of addiction.
Taking benzodiazepines, sedatives or drinking alcohol while on Bunavail can result in overdose.
Bunavail overdose symptoms include cold clammy skin, coma, fainting, hypotension, very sleepy and sluggish, slow shallow breathing, respiratory depression and death.
When opiate agonist therapy with Bunavail is used for the opioid dependent patient, it is done to satisfy the need of the opioid Mu receptor that is dependent on opiates. By this replacement therapy, the patient is still dependent on opiates.
When Bunavail is discontinued, the withdrawal syndrome will start. Bunavail is abused in several ways. Few patients have reported injecting Bunavail. Some patients report a “high” with its use.
Bunavail is sought after in the street by some patients to prevent withdrawals when they are not able to find their opiate of choice.
Improper use and abuse of Bunavail can lead to dependence, tolerance, and addiction.
Opiates can be habit forming, causing not only physical, but also psychological dependence. Withdrawals may occur if the dose of the opiates is reduced or discontinued after long term use.
Using opiates for an extended period of time can lead to tolerance, where the user needs to increase the dosage of their opiates to achieve the desired effect, whether the desired effect is pain control or euphoria.
Once the patient develops a tolerance, it becomes even more difficult to stop using due to the withdrawals. Symptoms of withdrawals are an indication of physical dependence and addiction to the opiate Bunavail. Most patients describe withdrawals as the worst, most frightening experience one will ever encounter. One can only imagine the excruciating pain when the opiate user says that they’d rather die than go through the withdrawals. Bunavail physical dependence symptoms, such as withdrawals, lead to psychological dependence. That is when addiction takes over the mind and life of the Bunavail opiate user.
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