Generic composition: Buprenorphine and Naloxone (oral-sublingual)
Brand Names: Suboxone, Zubsolv, and Bunavail
Suboxone® is a medication approved for the treatment of opiate dependence. It contains both buprenorphine hydrochloride and naloxone. This medication works by preventing withdrawal symptoms and curbing the misuse of those suffering from opioid use disorder. Although Suboxone is widely used to treat opioid addiction, it is vital to know this drug is also an opioid. Which means it comes with risks similar to other prescription opioids.
Suboxone has been beneficial for those seeking replacement therapy and also for those who are not ready to entirely come off opioid drugs. Furthermore, this medication is widely prescribed as a long-term maintenance medication (MAT) to reduce the risk of abuse and overuse of opioid drugs. Buprenorphine drugs are not for occasional (“as needed”) use. When the drug is taken at the wrong time or the wrong dose, there can be substantial side effects.
Warnings and Risks
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 when users inject buprenorphine and benzodiazepines, such as Zanax, or Valium. Also, mixing buprenorphine with other central nervous system depressants can lead to death. Those can be alcohol, 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 essential to talk to a doctor about reducing and adjusting the doses.
Allergic Reaction, Impairments, and Dependence
An allergic reaction is also possible. Signs to watch for include rashes, hives, bronchospasm, and anaphylactic shock. Suboxone can impair the physical and mental abilities needed to perform specific 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.
You should not drink alcohol or operate dangerous machinery, at least until you know how Suboxone will affect you. Drowsiness and dizziness are common side effects of this medication, which can lead to severe injuries.
Call a doctor if you feel:
- Shallow breathing, especially while sleeping
- Confusion or loss of coordination
- Slurred speech or blurred vision
- Nausea, vomiting, stomach pain or loss of appetite
- Dark urine, clay-colored stools, or jaundice, like these, can be the sign of liver issues.
More severe side effects, which need immediate medical attention, can include:
- Rapid heart rate
- Muscle stiffness
- Loss of coordination
This is not a complete list of warnings, risks, or side effects. Please consult with your doctor for medical advice and drug information.
“The issue with treating opiate addiction with an opioid drug is that patients eventually feel discouraged or hopeless and in the same place they started.”
The risk of overdose increases when there are additional substances present, such as alcohol and benzodiazepines. The mixture of these substances can cause severe and widespread depression of some physiological processes, including, but not limited to, slowed breathing and heart rate, coma, or even death.
If you experience the following symptoms, please seek immediate medical assistance as they could be a sign of overdose:
- Intense drowsiness
- Intermittent loss of consciousness
- Slurred and difficult speech
- Vision issues
- Slowed or labored breathing
- Lack of coordination
- Sluggish reflexes
Side effects depend on many factors, including dosage, other substances, patient’s metabolism, and health condition.
The most common side effects are:
- Cold or flu-like symptoms
- Sleep problems
- Mood swings
- Attention problems
- Blurred vision
- Hypotension (lowered blood pressure)
- Dizziness and fainting
It is dangerous and potentially fatal to mix this drug with drugs like benzodiazepines, alcohol, sleeping pills, antidepressants, or other opiates. Mixing pills can lead to sedation, drowsiness, unconsciousness, and even death.
The drug’s prescription label contains all pertinent information regarding side effects, allergic reaction, other interactions, dependence, withdrawal, and overdose. Patients should always tell doctors about over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements they are taking. Health problems that should be mentioned include an enlarged prostate, head injuries, Addison’s disease, hallucinations, curved spine, gallbladder disease, stomach problems, and diseases of other organs. The buprenorphine in Suboxone can cause dizziness, lightheadedness, and fainting when getting up too quickly from a sitting position. Even though Suboxone is used to treat opiate addiction, it can be habit-forming with prolonged use. Patients may become dependent upon the buprenorphine component. This means a professional medical detox is in order.
Suboxone Addiction Treatment: Medically Assisted Detoxification and Rapid Detox
Although Suboxone is presented as a safe and effective opiate addiction treatment, it has significant problems in real-world use. Some patients can use Suboxone effectively to help them recover from opiate addiction. For maintenance treatment, the reported results are very similar to methadone. About 60% of people who are given Suboxone as a maintenance treatment, don’t use illicit drugs while they’re on it. For many patients that wish to be completely free themselves off opiate dependence, Suboxone might create more problems than it solves. These patients often wish that they had never started suboxone treatment, given the slow and lengthy withdrawal process from the drug.
Fortunately, the Waismann Method® offers a highly effective, quick, and comfortable Suboxone detox treatment. Our rapid detox and medically-assisted protocols effectively assist patients in overcoming withdrawal symptoms.
Waismann Method® treatment center is recognized worldwide for its reputation of unmatched experience, excellent track record, and superior results.
Each patient is admitted to a private room of an accredited, full-service hospital for treatment. Most importantly, all patients receive a thorough medical assessment that is used to create an individualized treatment plan. This ensures that the treatment approach is appropriate to a person’s unique physical and psychological needs.
Following the suboxone detox process, patients move to our inclusive Domus Retreat for post-detox care. Here, clients continue to receive personalized services to help them maintain sobriety as they transition back to everyday life. This provides a safe, supportive environment for individuals suffering from Suboxone addiction.
Medication-assisted treatment should not be a lifetime sentence. There are effective medical solutions available. If you are tired of taking opioids and seeking the best suboxone addiction treatment in the United States, you found it. We are located in Southern California with patients flying in for treatment from all over the world. Call us today. Let us answer your questions, understand your situation, and help you find the treatment program that will work for you.