What Are Suboxone Side Effects?

If you are considering taking Suboxone as part of an opioid recovery plan, you should know about the various suboxone side effects that you may experience from using this drug. Continue reading to learn more.

What is Suboxone?

Suboxone is a medical medication designed to help people with addiction issues. It contains two different types of medications: buprenorphine and naloxone. Suboxone works by binding to the brain’s opioid receptors, eliminating withdrawal symptoms and blocking the effects of other opioids so that taking them no longer provides pleasure or pain relief, thus deterring continued use.

It is important to understand that when someone takes buprenorphine, their brain can become used to it.

In these cases, they will then experience withdrawal symptoms if they stop taking it or reduce their dosage. This is why it is important to take this drug exactly as prescribed by your physician to avoid the potential for addiction.

Short term side effects

The most common short-term suboxone side effects of Suboxone can include:

  • Drug cravings
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety

Some people also experience flu-like symptoms with their initial dosages, such as chills and muscle aches. Some of these side effects will improve over time as your body gets used to Suboxone. If you have become addicted to suboxone, you may experience failing relationships, trouble with responsibilities, financial strains, and even legal problems.

Long term side effects

Suboxone has also been linked to several long-term side effects.

Long term use of suboxone can result in side effects such as:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Decreased pain tolerance
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Social isolation

Some patients have also reported mental fog that can last for months after stopping the use of Suboxone.

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While Suboxone is not usually addictive when used as prescribed, some users have experienced withdrawal symptoms if they attempt to stop taking it without tapering off first. These symptoms can include muscle aches, sweating, and increased pain sensitivity.

Your physician will include a tapered withdrawal as part of your treatment plan to help you avoid such issues.

Rare side effects

It’s also important to be aware of some rare side effects that have been linked to the use of Suboxone. Some users have reported suffering from depression, suicidal thoughts, and memory loss while taking Suboxone. In addition, there have been reports of respiratory depression and liver damage in rare cases associated with the use of Suboxone. Patients who have a history of respiratory problems or liver disease should discuss the potential risks and benefits of Suboxone with their doctor before starting treatment. And if you feel any of these symptoms after starting treatment with Suboxone, you should contact your doctor immediately.


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