ZocdocAnswersIs suboxone a good medication for depression?

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Is suboxone a good medication for depression?

just wondering if suboxone would be good for depression? why or why not? would like a medical answer.

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Absolutely not! Suboxone is an opiate medication and its only medical use is in the treatment of opioid addiction or dependence (for example heroin addiction). If you do have a problem with opioid dependence, then you should talk to your doctor about this. Suboxone may be an option for you, although you will probably have to go to a specialty opioid dependence clinic, as not all doctors are licensed to prescribe suboxone. On the other hand, whether or not you have a problem with opioid dependence, depression is an entirely different entity and is treated completely differently. In people who have a substance use problem, treating depression is important, as it makes the likelihood of quitting the substance better. If you have any symptoms of depression, you will want to talk to a psychiatrist about this, and they will be able to recommend an effective medication, but not suboxone. One good option for people who have both depression and a substance abuse problem is a 'dual diagnosis' psychiatric program, where support is available and treatment is given for both the substance use problem as well as the psychiatric problem. I recommend you start by talking with your primary doctor.

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