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What is Suboxone?
Suboxone is a medicine that contains a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is an opioid medication, popularly known as a narcotic. Naloxone blocks the effects of opioid medications, including pain relief or feelings of well-being, leading to opioid abuse.
It comes as an oral film that is taking place under your tongue or between your gums and cheek. The film dissolves in your mouth.
It is available in four strengths:
- 2 mg buprenorphine / 0.5 mg naloxone
- 4 mg buprenorphine / naloxone 1 mg
- 8 mg buprenorphine / naloxone 2 mg
- 12 mg buprenorphine / naloxone 3 mg
What are the uses of Suboxone?
One can use it for the treatment of narcotic (opiate) addiction. It is FDA approved to treat opioid dependence. It helps in treatment by reducing the withdrawal symptoms that can occur when an opioid is stopped or reduced.
Sometimes it is used to help manage opioid withdrawal symptoms as part of a detoxification program. Detoxification programs are generally short-term used to wean people off drugs, such as opioids or alcohol.
It may also prove useful off-label for other conditions such as treating pain and depression. However, it is advised not to take it without prescription and doctor’s advice because it has its side effects.
How does Suboxone work?
The two elements in Suboxone has their functions:
Buprenorphine consists of the same effects as opioid drugs, but it also blocks other effects of opioids. Due to this uniques effect, it is known as opioid partial agonist-antagonist.
Buprenorphine helps treat opioid drug dependence. It withdrawals symptoms and drug cravings. It is less likely to cause a high than an opioid.
Naloxone includes solely to help prevent abuse of the medication. It completely blocks the effects of opioid drugs.
Do not inject Suboxone if you are dependent upon opioids because the naloxone present in Suboxone will block the effects of opioids and put you into immediate withdrawal.
However, this withdrawal is less likely to happen in the case of suboxone film. The film releases less naloxone in your body as compared to the injection.
What to know before using Suboxone?
Suboxone can slow or stop your breathing, and you may form a habit of its consumption. Misuse of this medicine may lead to addiction, overdose, or death, especially if a child or other person use it without a prescription.
You must not take this medicine during pregnancy as it may cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the newborn.
Do not consume this medicine with alcohol or other drugs that can cause drowsiness or slow your breathing because that can cause fatal effects.
You should not take Suboxone if you are allergic to buprenorphine or naloxone.
Please inform your doctor if you ever had:
- Breathing problems
- Sleep apnea
- Enlarge prostrate
- Urination problem
- Liver or kidney disease
- Abnormal curvature of the spine
- Problem with the gallbladder, adrenal gland, or thyroid;
- Head injury, brain tumor, or seizures
- Alcoholism, drug addiction
- Mental illness
The interaction of some medicines with buprenorphine and naloxone can cause a severe condition known as serotonin syndrome. Make your doctor aware of your medicines’ intake, whether stimulant medicine, herbal products, or medicine for mental illness.
Ask your doctor before making any change in your medication-related to Parkinson’s disease, migraine headaches, serious infections, or nausea and vomiting.
Your baby could become dependent on the drug if you take Suboxone while you are pregnant. It can cause a life-threatening withdrawal effect in the baby after delivery. The baby may need medical treatment for several weeks if they deliver on such habit-forming medicines.
The elements of this medicine can pass into breast milk and may cause drowsiness or breathing problem in the nursing baby.
The usage of Suboxone prescribed by your doctor depends upon the following factors:
- Type and severity of opioid dependence
- The stage of your medical treatment
- Your other medical conditions
Typically, your doctor will begin by putting you on a low dosage and later upgrade it to reach the right dosage. Ultimately they will prescribe the smallest dosage that provides the desired effect.
Treatment of opioid dependence occurs in two phases: induction and maintenance.
During the induction phase, the doctor gives you Suboxone oral film under your tongue. Please do not use it inside your cheek as it may cause withdrawal symptoms.
After evaluating your condition in the induction phase, your treatment will continue on your needs and goals.
If you continue to use opioids during the maintenance phase or misuse Suboxone, your doctor may recommend a different treatment program.
Ensure to take the dosage your doctor prescribes for you. Only your doctor can prescribe the best dosage to suit your needs.
Suboxone is also available as a generic medicine, and this form includes a sublingual film and a sublingual tablet.
Maximum dosage: maximum daily dosage during the maintenance phase is 32 mg buprenorphine / 8 mg naloxone.
Suboxone side effects
Dangerous side effects or death may occur if you consume alcohol while taking Suboxone.
Dizziness or severe drowsiness may happen as an effect of taking this medicine. Avoid driving or operating machinery as it may cause falls, accidents, or severe injuries.
Serious side effects of Suboxone consists of a severe allergic reaction, abuse and dependence, breathing problem, coma, hormone problems, and liver damage.
The side effect of this drug also includes:
- Withdrawal symptoms
- Blurred vision
- Trouble in concentration
- Tongue pain, numbness inside the mouth
- Nausea, vomiting, constipation
- Back pain, headache
- Increase in sweating
- Fast or pounding heartbeats