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Opioid Addiction Specialist

Medwell Medical and Aesthetic

Indira Madapati, MD

Internal Medicine & Aesthetics Center located in East Windsor, NJ & Lawrenceville, NJ

Like the rest of the country, New Jersey is facing an opiate crisis. Nearly 30% of the people prescribed opioids for pain misuse them. To help combat the epidemic, Dr. Indira Madapati at Medwell Medical and Aesthetic in East Windsor, New Jersey, offers outpatient treatment for opioid addiction with SUBOXONE®. If you’re struggling to get off opiates, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Opioid Addiction Q & A

What are opioids?

Opioids are a class of medications used to help control pain by interacting with the opioid receptors in your brain. They may be prescribed after a dental procedure, surgery, or an injury such as a broken bone.

Types of opioid medications include:

  • Morphine
  • Vicodin
  • Percocet
  • Fentanyl
  • Tramadol

Opioids are a safe and effective treatment for pain when used as directed by your doctor.

How do I know if I have an opioid addiction?

Recognizing that you have a problem may be the first sign that you have an opioid addiction. Symptoms of an addiction vary and may be physical or psychological.

Common symptoms that may indicate an opioid addiction include:

  • Need to increase the dose or take more to get the same relief
  • Feeling like you can’t function without the medication
  • Inability to stop taking the opioids
  • Irritability, anxiety, or depression
  • Feelings of euphoria after taking the medication

Opioid abuse may also cause constipation or affect your breathing. If you have concerns about an addiction to your pain medication, Dr. Madapati can help.

Why are opioids dangerous?

When not taken as prescribed, opioids can lead to an overdose or death. When you take opioids as prescribed, you may feel sleepy. At higher than recommended doses, the medication slows down your heart rate and breathing, which may lead to serious complications, including death.

What is Suboxone?

SUBOXONE® is a medication used to treat opioid addiction. It works by helping to reduce cravings and making you feel normal as Dr. Madapati weans you off the opioids, which may help prevent a relapse and make stopping the medication a little easier.

Initially, you may be prescribed one pill a day, then one pill every other day as your symptoms of addiction improve.

In addition to the medication, Dr. Madapati also recommends counseling to help you understand the motivations behind your addiction and develop strategies for long-term management.

Finding the right support system, whether from friends, family, or an outside support group, also helps with the recovery process.

For medical management of an opioid addiction, Dr. Madapati offers the best treatments available. Call Medwell Medical and Aesthetic today or schedule an appointment using the online booking feature.