When patients use narcotic medications to manage chronic pain for a prolonged period of time, often they develop a dependency to the opioid drugs. Dr. Lefkowitz works closely with each patient seeking to get off all narcotic medications permanently and creates a personal plan with them that is best suited for their needs.
Suboxone is a prescription medication that consists of buprenorphine and naloxone. The buprenorphine provides relief from chronic pain and naloxone binds to opioid receptors to block the effects often felt when taking opioids. Consequently, this medication is an alternative for patients who are seeking a better option for controlling chronic pain without the risk of becoming dependent on the pain medicine.