Suboxone Side Effects, How it Works, Upsides & Downsides

Suboxone is a common solution to treating one’s opioid addiction. Doctors often prescribe this drug to those who suffer from opioid abuse to help them against their addiction and to taper off them entirely. This medication contains both buprenorphine and naloxone

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Buprenorphine, also known as a narcotic is an opioid medication that produced similar effects as opioid does but in a milder form. Whereas Naloxone works by blocking the opioid receptors, which means that one is unable to experience the effects of the opiate.  This drug is not to be used as a medication for pain relief.

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Some side effects include

Similar to other medications Suboxone also has quite a few side effects. If you happen to notice any of the following of the side effects; inform your doctor immediately to prevent your condition from worsening. Here are some common side effects that one might experience

  • Allergic reaction (troubled breathing, hives, swelling of the face, tongue, lip, and throat)
  • Shallow breathing
  • Blue colored lips
  • Confusion
  • Extreme weakness
  • Blurred vision and slurred speech
  • Liver problems
  • Low cortisol levels

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Other serious side effects include

  • Serotonin Syndrome
  • Infertility
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness inside the mouth
  • Headaches
  • Back pain
  • Nausea
  • Insomnia
  • Addiction

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You might even experience some withdrawal symptoms as well when trying to stop taking this medication. These symptoms include

  • Craving for Suboxone
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Muscle pain and body aches
  • Fever, chills, and sweating
  • Trouble in concentrating etc

The list mentioned above does not contain all of the possible side effects.

How to use this medication?

This medication is to be used precisely as it has been prescribed  by your doctor. This drug should not be taken without a prescription, and it must not be used for a prolonged period. This drug can be addictive therefore you must not use this drug if you have a history of drug abuse. Using this drug for an extended period can cause addiction which can lead to overdosing of the medication and can even result in death.

Use this medication according to the prescribed instructions; do not stop taking the drugs suddenly as you might then experience some severe withdrawal symptoms. Make sure that your hands are clean and dry when taking the medication. Place the tablet under the tongue and let the medicine slowly dissolve. Do not chew the pill or swallow it. Your dose depends on your condition and how well you’ve been responding to your treatment.

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Once you start taking this medication, you will then need to get more blood tests done than usual. Do not crush or break the tablet, or inhale its components. Keep track of how many pills you’ve taken as this medication is quite addictive. Make sure to throw away leftover medicines as leftover opioid can be fatal.

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Some other things that you should be aware of before you take this medication

Here is a list of things that you should be mindful of when taking this drug. This drug is quite addictive; overdosing of this drug can cause one to die. Do not take this medication if you are allergic to buprenorphine or naloxone. To ensure your safety let your doctor known if you have ever had the following conditions.

  • Troubled breathing
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disuse
  • Abnormal curvature of the spine
  • Problems with the gallbladder
  • Thyroid issues
  • Head injury
  • Brain tumor
  • Seizures
  • Addiction
  • Do let all of your doctors know that you are taking this medication.

Pregnant women are advised not to take this medication as it can cause the baby to become dependent on the drug and can harm the baby as well. Women who are breastfeeding must also avoid this medication as well.