Julian Lagoy, M.D. discusses Zubsolv treatment and if it could be right for you.
Zubsolv is a sublingual tablet your doctor may prescribe to help you quit opioids. As with any prescription drug, especially one that is technically a narcotic like Zubsolv, there are several important factors you should keep in mind while using it. Here are five expert tips that may help you successfully use Zubsolv for addiction recovery.
Follow your Zubsolv treatment regimen as indicated by your physician.
“Use Zubsolv as directed by your doctor. If you ever feel the urge to use more than instructed, notify your doctor as soon as possible,” Kathryn Lee, EdM, MA, MHC, a psychotherapist at Intuitive Healing Psychotherapy Practice in New York, tells WebMD Connect to Care.
Since Zubsolv contains buprenorphine, which is an opioid medication, it can be habit-forming. Therefore, you should never take this medicine in larger doses, more frequently, or for a longer duration than prescribed, notes the University of Michigan Health. Misuse of this medicine may lead to addiction, overdose, or even death.
Do not suddenly stop Zubsolv treatment—even if your symptoms have improved.
“Do not stop using Zubsolv even if you are feeling better,” Lee says.
Sudden stoppage of Zubsolv may cause unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.
“Because buprenorphine is a partial opioid, use of it should not be stopped suddenly. It is important to take medications as instructed,” Lee explains.
Talk to your doctor about how to safely taper and stop this medicine.
Do not share Zubsolv with others.
“Do not share this medication with anyone even if they have similar symptoms as you,” Julian Lagoy, MD, a psychiatrist with Community Psychiatry + MindPath Care Centers, tells WebMD Connect to Care.
Zubsolv is technically a narcotic medication, and you should only use it with a prescription. Misuse or accidental exposure may lead to fatal consequences, especially in children or pets. The University of Michigan Health recommends that patients store their medicine in a secure place to prevent pets and children from accidental ingestion. You should also keep track of your tablets to ensure no one is misusing them.
Do not consume alcohol or take illicit drugs while taking Zubsolv.
“Never drink alcohol or take illicit drugs while taking Zubsolv,” Aaron Sternlicht, LMHC, CASAC, therapist and co-founder of Family Addiction Specialist in New York, tells WebMD Connect to Care.
Serious complications like respiratory depression, overdose, and death can occur if you take Zubsolv with other depressants like benzodiazepines, or alcohol, states the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Therefore, always inform your doctor about all the other medications you are taking, as some may contain traces of alcohol.
Do not inhale or “shoot up” Zubsolv.
“Do not inhale or inject Zubsolv, as it can be deadly if used in this manner,” Lee says.
Crushing the pill and inhaling the powder or injecting it into a vein can cause fatal consequences. Both NAMI and Michigan Health report that inhaling or injecting Zubsolv may slow down breathing or result in death.
Zubsolv is a sublingual tablet and it should be dissolved under the tongue. Hold the tablet under the tongue till it completely dissolves and refrain from swallowing it. Avoid eating or drinking till the tablet is fully absorbed. In case of any doubts, check the instructions on the medication guide or speak with your healthcare provider.
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