How It Works

Here is how the process works


1) Call the office and make an appointment (813.443.5128). 


2) You will need to stop taking your opiates/pain pills before you come to your office appointment.

-         Normally, you should not take any opiates 12-15 hours before your appointment, although depending upon the type of opiate/pain pills you are taking that time frame may vary up to 24 hours or more. Please contact us for a specific time frame.

-         Special consideration will need to be made for patients who are currently taking the opiate Methadone.



3) You should be experiencing mild to moderate withdrawal symptoms when you come to the office for your first appointment.



4) The doctor will talk with you, perform a minor physical examination, and then provide you with a dose of medication, Suboxone dissolves under your tongue.  You start to feel better once the medication begins to take effect.

-         It takes away your withdrawal symptoms and your craving for opiates/pain pills.


5) The doctor will then write you a prescription for Suboxone. You can choose to fill it in our office or simply take it to your local pharmacy. The take-home medication allows you to begin treatment in the comfort and privacy of familiar surroundings and continue with your day-to-day activities.


6) The doctor would like to see you back in the office in one week for a FREE follow-up visit to discuss your progress and make any adjustments necessary.  The doctor will also write a prescription for you for the remainder of the month.


7) You will need a monthly follow-up to receive a prescription until you have completely tapered off Suboxone.