What Are the Most Common Negative Side Effects of Suboxone?
When it first came out, Suboxone was considered a miracle drug that would solve opiate addiction. As time went on, however, it became clear that Suboxone has just as many negative side effects as any other medication. When you are treated with Suboxone, it is important to know the side effects that you might experience and which can prove dangerous.
Common Side Effects That Are Not Dangerous
Here are some very common side effects that are not considered particularly dangerous and usually resolve themselves, according to Suboxone’s manufacturer, Indivior Incorporated.
- Headache: these can be migraine, tension, or sinus headaches
- Pain in the abdomen and back: sometimes this pain is due to constipation and others it is muscle pain
- Constipation: this is due to dehydration and lack of intestinal movement caused by opiates such as buprenorphine
- Nausea: sometimes resulting in vomiting
- Insomnia: lack of sleep usually due to the naloxone and opiate programming
- Sweating: as a central nervous system depressant, Suboxone deregulates some autonomic functioning
- Physical weakness: usually due to the buprenorphine content in the Suboxone
- Coughing: this could be the return of a cough that opiates worked towards treating or a development of respiratory issues
All of these side effects may be avoided if you seek treatment at a treatment facility. They can give you medications for the side effects or reduce your Suboxone dosage. To find a qualified treatment center, call 800-533-1341.
Common Side Effects That Are Dangerous
Like many medications, Suboxone has several side effects that are extremely dangerous. It is important to seek treatment immediately if you experience any of these symptoms. According to the National Library of Medicine, beware:
- Allergic reaction: usually with hives, swelling of the lips, tongue, face, or throat
- Slowed breathing: your breathing may become noticeably slow or labored
- Upset stomach: upset stomach that lasts more than a few days needs to be looked at
- Extreme fatigue: feeling unusually fatigued or unable to wake up at all is a sign of a problem with the medication or an adverse reaction
- Confusion: some cloudiness is to be expected but severe confusion is not
- Slurred speech: this is one of the many signs of overdose
- Unusual bleeding or bruising: a sign of liver or kidney disease
- Loss of appetite: another sign of liver or kidney malfunction
- Yellow in the eyes, fingernails and skin: these are signs that the liver is going to fail or is in the process of failing
- Light colored stool: another sign of liver issues
- Withdrawal: if you stop taking Suboxone and go into withdrawal is it a sign that you might need to switch to a different treatment or are addicted to Suboxone
- Dark colored urine: a sign of extremely high blood pressure, liver, or kidney issues
Although some of these symptoms could indicate a benign condition, they still need to be checked out by a doctor or treatment center.
How to Avoid these Common Negative Side Effects
The easiest way to avoid these side effects is to go to a qualified treatment center for your Suboxone addiction treatment needs. You do not have to endure the negative side effects of Suboxone alone. Call 800-533-1341; we can help.