Top 5 Most Common Side-Effects of Suboxone

Suboxone is a medication used to treat dependence on or addiction to narcotics and opioid drugs. It contains two medications: Buprenorphine is an opioid medication, and naloxone is a drug that blocks the feelings of well-being and pain relief that come from opioid drugs.

Patients receive suboxone to help break their addiction to narcotic drugs such as heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and opioid painkillers such as morphine or oxycodone.

People often start taking opioid painkillers to relieve pain after surgery or from injuries or dental work. However, they may become dependent on or addicted to these drugs. Taking suboxone can help end their addiction.

Unfortunately, opioid misuse and addiction are growing problems in North Carolina and around the United States. Your health care providers at New Hope Medical Clinic stand ready to help you if you struggle with opioid addiction. One of the tools at our disposal is suboxone.

Opioid crisis

Every day, more than 115 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. In 2015, more than 33,000 Americans died as a result of an opioid overdose, including prescription opioids, heroin, and fentanyl.

Giving people suboxone can help curb their addiction to opioids and narcotics.

Suboxone works in this way: The buprenorphine in suboxone produces a milder form of the effects of opioids and narcotics. At the same time, the naloxone in suboxone prevents users from getting high from it.

Used as part of a comprehensive drug treatment plan that includes counseling, behavioral therapy, and/or 12-step programs, suboxone can help reduce dependence and addiction.

Side effects of suboxone

Although suboxone can work well for people who are misusing narcotics or opioids, it does have the potential to cause some side effects of which users should be aware. They include the following five:

  1. Nausea and vomiting. Suboxone can cause digestive discomfort and gastrointestinal side-effects such as nausea and vomiting. In rare cases, it can lead to liver problems, which can affect appetite and can cause abdominal pain and nausea, as well as a yellowing of the skin or the white part of the eyes, as well as darkening of the urine.
  2. Headache. Having headache pain is one of the more common side-effects of suboxone. In addition, it can cause a decrease in blood pressure that leads to dizziness if you get up too fast from sitting or lying down.
  3. Hyperhidrosis and constipation. Hyperhidrosis is a condition in which you sweat much more than usual. And constipation is trouble emptying your bowels.
  4. Withdrawal symptoms. These can include shaking, feeling hotter or colder than normal, or having a runny nose, watery eyes, goosebumps, or muscle aches.
  5. Pain. People who turn to opioids for pain relief may experience a recurrence of pain when they start taking suboxone. Non-narcotic pain medications may offer some relief.

Get help for opioid or narcotic dependence.

Your health care providers at New Hope Medical Clinic are here to help you or your family members who are struggling with addiction to opioids or street drugs. To find out more about how we can work with you, call us or use our online scheduling tool to make an appointment. We serve residents of Gastonia, North Carolina, and its surrounding communities.

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