All prescription medications contain some risk of adverse side effects, interactions, and possible medical complications. That’s why it’s so important to read the label carefully so you know how to take the medication, when to take it and which substances may cause a reaction when used with it. Suboxone is a prescription medication that doctors prescribe to treat opiate addiction. It is part of Medical Assisted Treatment (MAT) which has become a popular form of opioid addiction treatment. Some physicians prescribe it on an outpatient basis or in rehabs. Comprised of buprenorphine and naloxone, the narcotic medication can also lead to drug dependence. Patients must take the sublingual tablets exactly as prescribed. They are available as a daily dose, eliminating the need to report to a methadone clinic for dosing. However, buprenorphine is a Schedule III Controlled Substance and a partial agonist that can cause opioid dependence.
Respiratory Depression Can Occur When Using Suboxone with Other Substances
Suboxone can cause considerable respiratory depression, especially if a patient misuses it through means of intravenous injection. Death can occur in this case, especially when users inject buprenorphine with benzodiazepines including Klonopin or Valium. Other deaths have resulted from the use of buprenorphine and other central nervous system depressants such as alcohol, other prescription opioids, tranquilizers, sedative/hypnotics, phenothiazines and general anesthetics. If Suboxone overdose occurs, immediately seek medical attention. When one or more of these substances have been prescribed, it’s important to talk to a doctor about reducing and/or adjusting the doses.
Allergic Reaction, Impairments, Dependence and Withdrawal
An allergic reaction is also possible. Signs to watch for include rashes, hives, bronchospasms and anaphylactic shock. Suboxone can impair the physical and mental abilities needed to perform certain tasks, such as driving, especially during the beginning stages of use and during periods of dose adjustment. Chronic use of buprenorphine can cause dependence marked by the onset of withdrawal symptoms once use stops or gradually decreases. Because of the naloxone, Suboxone can cause intense withdrawal symptoms if misused by those addicted to heroin, morphine, and methadone.
Safe, Medical Detox for Suboxone Dependence
Medical detox is necessary for Suboxone dependence. Safe, quick treatment is available with the Waismann Method of Rapid Detox. Our program doesn’t use opiates to treat opiate addiction. Instead, we can rid you of your dependence in a hospital treatment that lasts less than two hours. If you or someone you know is dependent upon Suboxone or other opiates, you deserve to have the best treatment protocol available.