- Most Insurance Accepted
- Affordable Self-Pay Fees
- Detox and Maintenance
- Friendly, Comfortable Doctor's Office
- Located in Center of Atlanta
- Convenient to Atlanta, Chamblee, Dunwoody, sandy springs, Buckhead, Norcross, Decatur, Roswell, Alpharetta, Johns Creek, and Duluth
The Suboxone Treatment Program at Dr. Challa's office provides medical detox from prescription opioids (pain pills), heroin and methadone. We also offer maintenance treatment for patients who would like to continue Suboxone for a prolonged period of time.
We are welcoming new patients to our new office in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dekalb Family Practice & Geriatrics accepts most insurance PPO's, including Blue Cross Blue Shield and United Health Care and offers affordable self-pay fees for patients not utilizing health insurance.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call our office at 770-458-8497.
How SUBOXONE works
- When opioids attach to the mu receptors, dopamine is released, causing pleasurable feelings to be produced.1,2
- As opioids leave the receptors, pleasurable feelings fade and withdrawal symptoms (and possibly cravings) begin.1
- Opioids continue leaving the mu receptors until the person is in a mild-to-moderate state of withdrawal. At this point, SUBOXONE therapy can begin.
- The primary active ingredient in SUBOXONE-buprenorphine-attaches to the empty opioid receptors, suppressing withdrawal symptoms and reducing cravings.1 As a partial opioid agonist, SUBOXONE works by controlling withdrawal symptoms and cravings and produces a limited euphoria or “high.”1
- Buprenorphine attaches firmly to the receptors. At adequate maintenance doses, buprenorphine fills most receptors and blocks other opioids from attaching. Buprenorphine has a long duration of action, so its effects do not wear off quickly.
How to Take SUBOXONE
- Always take your SUBOXONE exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
- Before taking SUBOXONE, it’s a good idea to drink some water to moisten your mouth. This helps the SUBOXONE tablets dissolve more easily.
- If your dose is one SUBOXONE tablet, place it under your tongue, lean your head slightly forward, and let the tablet dissolve completely. SUBOXONE is absorbed into the bloodstream through the veins under the tongue.
- If your dose is two tablets, place both of them under your tongue, one on the left side and one on the right side (you can use a mirror to make sure the tablets are in the proper places). Lean your head slightly forward, and let the tablets dissolve completely.
- If you have more than two tablets to take, put the next tablet(s) under your tongue after the first tablets have dissolved.
- SUBOXONE takes a short time (about 5 to 10 minutes, but sometimes more) to dissolve completely. Don’t chew or swallow the tablets, because less SUBOXONE will be absorbed into your bloodstream, it will not work as well, and your withdrawal symptoms could worsen.
- Talking while the tablets are dissolving can interfere with how well SUBOXONE is absorbed.
- You may want to do something that doesn’t require talking, such as reading or watching television, while waiting for the tablets to dissolve.
- Let family and friends know that you won’t be able to answer them or talk on the phone during this time.
Important SUBOXONE Safety Information
- If you miss a dose of SUBOXONE, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next dose at the regular time, unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.
- Injecting SUBOXONE is dangerous and can cause severe withdrawal symptoms, painful or collapsed veins, blood clots, and increased risk of infection.
- Your friends and family should be advised that an ambulance should be called right away in the event that you become extremely sleepy, the pupils of your eyes become like pinpoints, you feel faint or dizzy, or your breathing becomes much slower than normal.
- It is important that you take your SUBOXONE or SUBUTEX® (buprenorphine HCl sublingual tablets) with your other medications exactly as directed by your physician. Abuse or misuse of your medications while on SUBOXONE or SUBUTEX can cause death.
- A number of deaths have occurred when dependent people have injected buprenorphine, usually together with benzodiazepines. While you are being treated with SUBOXONE or SUBUTEX, do not use benzodiazepines, tranquilizers, or sedatives unless they have been prescribed by your doctor. Do not drink alcohol while taking SUBOXONE or SUBUTEX.