Buprenorphine Case Study

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Specify therapeutic objective The prime actions of therapeutic effects of buprenorphine are analgesia and aide in opioid cessation. In the case of this patient, Suboxone is used to provide ongoing relief of chronic pain due to spinal stenosis and a spinal cord injury due to history of osteoporosis. The patient will benefit by receiving the standard dosage amount for her chronic pain as well as treatment to prevent and or reduce the possibility of opiod addiction. SUBOXONE sublingual film (buprenorphine/naloxone) is a scheduled III controlled substance because it contains buprenorphine ,which is a medication used to treat and manage opioid addiction. Buprenorphine has powerful analgesic response because it is a partial opioid agonist and binds to the receptors in the brain that are responsible for opioid intoxication (mu receptors). Buprenorphine has a high affinity for these receptors and, therefore is not displaced by other opioids. Because it is only a partial agonist, it does not produce as much euphoria but it does suppress withdrawal and cravings. In high doses it can precipitate withdrawal. (The National alliance of Advocates for Buprenorpine Treatment (NAABT)…show more content…
When administered during an overdose, naloxone blocks the effects of opioids in the brain and quickly restores breathing. Naloxone has been used safely by emergency medical professionals for more than 40 years and has only one critical function: to reverse the effects of opioids in order to prevent overdose death. (Project DAWN). Naloxone has no potential for abuse. Naloxone does not reverse overdoses that are caused by non-opioid drugs, such as cocaine, benzodiazepines (e.g. Xanex, Klonopin and Valium), methamphetamines, or alcohol.

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