Suboxone

(buprenorphine / naloxone)

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Treats opioid addiction.

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Suboxone (buprenorphine / naloxone) works well to reduce cravings and treat opioid dependence. It's most effective if you have an addiction to heroin or short-acting opioids.

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Quick facts about Suboxone
  • Drug class: Pain
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (buprenorphine / naloxone)

Upsides

  • Suboxone (buprenorphine / naloxone) works best for people addicted to short-acting opioids or heroin.
  • Your doctor can adjust the dose to a level that controls withdrawal symptoms until you're stable.
  • Suboxone (buprenorphine / naloxone) has fewer side effects and drug interactions compared to other similar medicines.
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Downsides

  • Suboxone (buprenorphine / naloxone) is not as good for people who are dependent on long-acting opioids or methadone because of the risk of a long withdrawal.
  • Like all opioids, it can cause slowed breathing, coma, and death from overdose, especially if you mix with other depressants, like pain medicine or alcohol.
  • You have to be very careful with your dose. Changing the size or strength of a film can affect the amount of drug absorbed into your body, and could cause under- or over-dosing.
  • The film can cause reduced sensation in your mouth, painful burning tongue, or burning mouth syndrome.
  • The film may not be appropriate for you if you have lung disease.
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How it works

Suboxone (buprenorphine / naloxone) is a combination medicine with two parts that work together to treat opioid dependence. Buprenorphine is an opioid pain reliever. Naloxone is added to prevent overuse or abuse of this medication or other opiates.

Quick facts about Suboxone
  • Drug class: Pain
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (buprenorphine / naloxone)

Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Sublingual film
  • Dissolving tablet
People’s experience with Suboxone

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What to expect when you take Suboxone (buprenorphine / naloxone) for Opioid dependence

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  • Possible side effects
  • Headache
  • Pain
  • Withdrawal syndrome
  • Nausea
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Sweating
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Side effect rates for Suboxone (buprenorphine / naloxone)

From 214 clinical trials of Suboxone when taken for opioid dependence (16 mg buprenorphine/4 mg naloxone)
  • Headache
    36%36%
    22%22%
  • Withdrawal
    25%25%
    37%37%
  • Pain
    22%22%
    19%19%
  • Nausea
    15%15%
    11%11%
  • Difficulty sleeping
    14%14%
    16%16%
  • Sweating
    14%14%
    10%10%
  • Constipation
    12%12%
    3%3%
  • Stomach pain
    11%11%
    7%7%
  • Dilation of blood vessels
    9%9%
    7%7%
  • Chills
    8%8%
    8%8%
  • Vomiting
    8%8%
    5%5%
  • Weakness
    7%7%
    7%7%
  • Infection
    6%6%
    7%7%
  • Hay fever
    5%5%
    13%13%
  • Back pain
    4%4%
    11%11%
  • Diarrhea
    4%4%
    15%15%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Suboxone.

Suboxone (buprenorphine / naloxone)
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People taking Suboxone felt side effect more

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Risks and Warnings for Suboxone (buprenorphine / naloxone)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Cardiovascular disease
    • dehydration
    • taking drugs that lower blood pressure

    Suboxone (buprenorphine / naloxone) can cause severe low blood pressure, fainting, and a drop in blood pressure when you change positions, called orthostatic hypotension. You might be more sensitive if you're already taking medicine to lower your blood pressure so be careful. It's important that you tell your doctor about these symptoms before changing your dose or stopping your medication.

Pharmacist Q&A

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Frequently Asked Questions

Suboxone treats drug addiction when the drug is in the opioid family.

Who is this drug for?

Suboxone treats drug addiction when the drug is in the opioid family.

Common concerns from people taking Suboxone (buprenorphine / naloxone)

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Interactions
  • Suboxone (buprenorphine / naloxone) has fewer side effects and drug interactions compared to other similar medicines.
Alcohol
  • Avoid taking Suboxone (buprenorphine / naloxone) with alcohol and other sedating drugs. The combination of the two can be very dangerous.
Pain
  • The film can cause reduced sensation in your mouth, painful burning tongue, or burning mouth syndrome.
  • Worth it
    Some hassle
    Reviewed Suboxoneon 9/3/2016Wanted off of 4 yrs of pain pill scripts for Fibromyalgia. Got sick. This also helps with pain. Very expensive if insurance doesnt cover it.
    33
    Woman
    Opioid dependence
Sleep
  • Suboxone (buprenorphine / naloxone) can make you drowsy and dizzy. Avoid activities that need you to be fully alert until you know how Suboxone (buprenorphine / naloxone) affects you.