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Zubsolv: A New Medication To Combat The Prescription Opiate And Heroin Epidemic

John Schaffer, LPCC

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John Schaffer, LPCC

March 18, 2019

Zubsolv is a maintenance medication for the treatment of heroin and opiate addiction and should only be given after another buprenorphine-based medication not including naloxone, is used to initiate treatment. Individuals seeking this treatment method will have to work with a doctor to determine initial medication alternatives and a plan for transitioning to Zubsolv.

Zubsolv is the brand name for an addiction treatment medication that combines buprenorphine and naloxone. It is intended as a maintenance medication used to aid in recovering from opiate and heroin dependence. Similar to Suboxone and Methadone, it works by curbing the cravings for the drug and easing withdrawal symptoms. Unlike Methadone but similar to Suboxone, it contains an added medication that deters injecting the medication by causing unpleasant side effects if taken incorrectly.

The amount of time you remain on Zubsolv depends on many factors. This includes the degree of dependence on opiates and/or heroin and progress in recovery. The typical time period is at least six months to a year but often, a dependent can stay on it much longer.

Three Dosage Strengths

Zubsolv contains the same ingredients as Suboxone. Dosages come in three strengths (buprenorphine/naloxone):

  • 1.4/.36mg
  • 5.7/1.4mg
  • 8.6/2.1mg

Naloxone is the ingredient which deters injection.

How Does It Differ From Similar Medications?

Zubsolv is different from Suboxone and other medications with similar active ingredients. It has a menthol flavor and comes in a tablet, rather than a film form, which can have a different sensation in the mouth that some might find more palatable.

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It is administered by placing the tablet under the tongue until dissolved (sublingual). By taking it in this manner, it enters the bloodstream more efficiently than swallowing a pill. This allows for a lower starting dosage than other buprenorphine/naloxone medications that only come in a pill form.

Side Effects And Effectiveness

Side effects have been shown to be on a par with similar medications. They include, but are not limited to:

  • Breathing problems
  • Dizziness
  • A headache
  • Nausea
  • Insomnia
  • Constipation

It is important to monitor for breathing irregularities or complications. Seek medical help if you experience slow breathing, dizziness, confusion, changes in eyesight, or cognizant abilities noticeably change.

Zubsolv can have harmful interactions if combined with certain medications. For this reason, it is important to discuss all the other medications you are taking with your doctor. This includes herbal and homeopathic remedies and any over-the-counter medications.

Zubsolv Is Only Part Of The Rehabilitation Process

As with all medications designed to aid in drug dependency therapy, it is important to accompany the medication with counseling and rehabilitation therapy. The physical craving and dependence on opiates or heroin is just part problem with addiction. Depending only on Zubsolv for addiction treatment can likely result in relapse. Emotional and behavioral issues also need to be addressed for successful recovery from addiction. We can help provide the guidance needed in conjunction with taking Zubsolv. Contact us today to start your recovery.

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