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What’s the difference between short term use of Suboxone (a short taper) and long-term treatment?

A short taper of buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) is basically a detox program, which is not supported by evidence-based care. However, research does show that continuous, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) with buprenorphine or methadone prevents overdose and death. 

Long-term buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) treatment provides ongoing, incremental care over months-to-years, in which patients take daily buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) and regularly meet with their providers… and this is exactly what Bicycle Health specializes in.

Rebekah L. Rollston, MD, MPH

Dr. Rollston is a Family Medicine Physician at Cambridge Health Alliance, Affiliate Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Primary Care Blog, and Founder of Doctors For A Healthy US, LLC. She earned her Medical Degree from East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine and her Master of Public Health from The George Washington University. Her professional interests focus on social influencers of health & health disparities, addiction medicine, sexual & reproductive health, homelessness & supportive housing, and rural health.

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