Probuphine® or Medically Assisted Treatment Implants
The first F.D.A. approved Buprenorphine Implant (Medically Assisted Treatment Implants) for long term treatment of opioid dependence.
Probuphine is a subdermal implant designed to deliver six months of buprenorphine following a single treatment.
This approach is the newest in the field of Addiction Medicine and in line with Right Path Treatment Center’s standard MAT (Medically- Assisted Treatment) program.
The main advantage in this is that this implant is done in one, 30-minute visit and you will slowly receive your proper dose of medication over several months. Although you will still need to continue Behavioral Therapy sessions, the need to remember you daily medication will be a thing of the past. Lingering thoughts of missing a dose to divert with narcotics or heroin are simply gone.
Probuphine was developed for the treatment of opioid dependence and is the first long acting FDA approved Medically Assisted Treatment Implants for addiction.
Buprenorphine is a partial opiate agonist that binds to opiate receptors with much stronger affinity than heroin or drugs. It acts like a mismatched key that fits the lock but would not open the door. Hence, there is no activation of a neurotransmitter cascade leading to “high” or euphoria.
As a partial agonist, it eliminates cravings, allowing you to focus on recovery, thus making it the best choice for treatment of opiate addiction, when coupled with psychotherapy.
Continuous Drug Delivery Technology
The continuous drug delivery system consists of a small, solid rod made from a mixture of ethylene-vinyl acetate and a drug substance.
The resulting product is a solid matrix that is placed normally in the inner part of the upper arm in a simple office procedure, and is removed in a similar manner at the end of the treatment period. The drug substance is released slowly, at continuous rates, through the process of dissolution. This results in a stable blood levels similar to continuous intravenous administration.
This makes it a perfect option for clients who have long out of town work assignments, prolonged travel, or may unfortunately be facing long term incarceration.
Pros and Cons when considering using Probuphine implants
- Quick, safe, office procedure that takes less than 30 minutes
- Well tolerated with almost no chance of side effects
- No need for daily dosing
- Perfect for clients that travel, work out of town, or face incarceration
- Might not be covered by all insurance carriers (hence costly)
- To remove, it will take the same 30-minute visit that it took to implant it
- Overconfidence in some clients that think they are “cured” without proper counseling
- Not intended for those that are not truly ready to give up old habits
If you would like more information about Probuphine please give us a call to get a confidential assessment of your treatment options. We look forward to hearing from you.