A miraculous new way for patients to take buprenorphine for opioid addiction
This morning, I had an enlightening conversation with pharmacist Dr. Steven Mougeot of Thrive Pharmacy in Jacksonville, Florida. While we spoke of many things relating to the field of opioid addiction treatment, we discussed compounded buprenorphine at length. Dr. Steve manufactures a product in his pharmacy known as a troche (pronounced tro-kee). In fact he makes a variety of troches, containing different medications.
Compounded Buprenorphine Troches
A troche is a small tablet or lozenge that can dissolve under the tongue, quickly delivering medication to the patient. Dr. Steve makes compounded buprenorphine troches that dissolve in about three minutes, rivaling the top brands in dissolving speed. Furthermore, he adds an ingredient that can help with dry mouth, resolving a common issue. Additionally, he flavors the troches with flavors such as watermelon, bubblegum and apple pie.
As American as apple pie
Dr. Steven Mougeot is as interesting as the magical products he creates in his space-age, cutting-edge pharmacy lab. During our conversation, he spoke with caring and compassion about those who struggle with opiate and opioid addiction. In fact, he is someone who truly understands the nature of addiction. And most importantly, he understand that his patients are human beings who deserve respect and empathy. While many practitioners in the medical field do not understand what “the new recovery” means, Dr. Steve certainly does.
The Science of Spirituality revisited
I have written previously about Dr. Anna Yusim and her book, The Science of Spirituality. Dr. Yusim is listed on our resources page. There is no doubt that spiritual practices, including meditation, prayer, breathing, gratitude and journaling will help you to get clean and stay clean from drugs. In my conversation with Dr. Steve, he often quoted bible scripture and discussed his involvement in the church. While we all may choose different spiritual paths based on our upbringing and beliefs, the importance of having a strong spiritual connection and a foundation of faith cannot be underestimated.
In conclusion, I want to say that Dr. Steven Mougeot did not ask me to write this article or to promote him in any way. I believe that when I meet someone who has the potential to make a positive difference in people’s lives, I have an obligation to help get the word out. So, if you are a doctor or other prescribing practitioner, addiction treatment program director, a person struggling with opioid addiction or a loved one, I strongly recommend looking up Dr. Steve here and considering reaching out to see how he might be able to help you. I should also say that he has some interesting ideas in other areas, including the treatment of alcoholism and many other areas outside of the field of addiction treatment.
It is important to note
Dr. Steve does not manufacture compounded medications for specific medical purposes. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the doctor to make the decision to use these compounds for specific medical treatment.