- Evidence-based Medical Treatment for Chronic Pain
- Confidential Outpatient Treatment for Opiate Addiction
- Confidential Outpatient Treatment for Benzodiazepine Addiction
- Confidential Outpatient Treatment for Alcohol Abuse
- Confidential Outpatient Treatment for Sleeping Pill Dependency
- Buprenorphine/Suboxone® – Advanced Pharmacology that Helps Alleviate Pain
- Beginning Treatment
Buprenorphine, also known as Suboxone®, is an effective painkiller with a greater margin of safety against both overdose and addiction than other prescription pain medications, such as Vicodin® and OxyContin®. Developed in England in the early 1970s for the treatment of chronic pain, Buprenorphine is a semi synthetic opiate that, unlike heroin and other opiate derivatives, does not make its users euphoric and is unlikely to cause a lethal overdose by depressing respiration. Buprenorphine/Suboxone® is especially helpful for patients with chronic pain who do not respond well to other opioids, or who are at risk of opiate dependency.
Dr. Howard Kornfeld of Recovery Without Walls has pioneered the use of Buprenorphine/Suboxone®, in the United States for the treatment of chronic pain. He first became aware of the drug in the 1990’s and realized its potential to help his patients. Under his guidance, the Alameda County Medical Center’s Pain Management and Functional Restoration Clinic utilizes Buprenorphine as a core pharmaceutical option.
How Does Buprenorphine/Suboxone® Work?
Buprenorphine/Suboxone® is a partial agonist on the opioid receptor in the brain, which means that unlike full agonist drugs like Heroin, OxyContin® and Vicodin®, there are fewer side effects associated with Buprenorphine/Suboxone®. If we imagine a brain receptor as a chair, Buprenorphine/Suboxone® only half sits in it, while other full agonists occupy it. Although Buprenorphine/Suboxone® is only a partial agonist, with chronic pain, Buprenorphine/Suboxone® provides a higher efficacy for pain than full agonist drugs.
At Recovery Without Walls and the Alameda County Medical Center, Dr.Kornfeld has prescribed Buprenorphine and Suboxone®, for many of his patients who suffer from chronic pain. He has found that Buprenorphine has fewer side effects than other opioids, including pharmaceutical dependency, which enables his patients to lead more productive, healthier lives. He is one of few doctors in the United States who prescribe Buprenorphine and Suboxone®.