Is buprenorphine safe for people with a co-existing psychiatric or medical illness?

Many people use drugs because they are knowingly or unknowingly self-medicating for an underlying psychiatric condition. In either case, once the addiction is being treated the psychiatric condition will surface and require treatment. This patient would be well served by getting buprenorphine treatment through an addiction psychiatrist or a psychiatrist who specializes in the illness with which the patient is afflicted. At Alpha Healing Center, you will receive a comprehensive medical assessment to determine if you have any co-occurring psychiatric or medical conditions. If the conditions are stable, buprenorphine can be generally prescribed. However the final determination can be made only after a medical assessment. Unstable psychiatric (e.g. suicidal patient) or medical conditions (e.g. kidney failure) are contraindications for buprenorphine.

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