Suboxone is an FDA-approved drug used to treat opioid dependence. It is also endorsed by the American Society of Addiction Medicine as a recommended treatment against opiate dependence or addiction. Suboxone helps to treat opioid/opiate addiction by reducing the withdrawal symptoms that occur when opioid/opiate use is stopped.
The Most Common Side Effects When Using Suboxone
While using Suboxone, some users will experience the following:
- Abdominal Cramps
- Back Pain
- Body Aches
- Burning Tongue
- Rapid Heart Rate
- Redness in the Mouth
Users report that these side effects go away after a few days with a few reporting symptoms for up to two weeks.
Less Common Side Effects When Using Suboxone
While less common, these side effects are more serious and should not be ignored. They include:
Severe Allergic Reactions
Trouble breathing, skin rashes, hives, swelling of the lips, tongue, or throat, or anaphylaxis.
Abuse and Dependence
Suboxone is used to treat opioid addiction. However, Suboxone shared opioid characteristics and can lead to physical and psychological dependence if not used under proper guidance.
Drug abuse of any kind can lead to misuse and abuse, dependence, and even death. When coming off of Suboxone, you should slowly decrease usage until you are no longer dependent, helping to reduce withdrawal symptoms including nausea, headaches, and muscle aches.
While uncommon, some users might experience breathing problems; in most cases, these symptoms occur from misuse or abuse or when paired with other opioids or medications.
If you already suffer from breathing problems such as COPD, consult with your doctor first before starting Suboxone.
Some users report lower cortisol hormone levels, also known as adrenal insufficiency. Symptoms of lowered cortisol hormone levels include:
- Loss of Appetite
- Low Blood Pressure
Some users report mild and severe liver damage after using Suboxone. Most cases had an underlying issue that exacerbated the issue where some of the cases were caused directly from Suboxone use.
Your doctor may perform blood tests to check your liver function while on a Suboxone treatment. If you show signs of liver damage, your doctor may suggest that you stop treatment immediately.
Symptoms of liver damage include stomach pain, fatigue, and yellowing of the skin or yellowing of the eyes.
As an FDA-approved drug, Suboxone can help you overcome your opioid/opiate addiction. While it does have opioid-like properties, when used in a controlled environment with close supervision, Suboxone can help you gain the edge you need to finally kick your opioid addiction.
The Fritz Clinic uses Suboxone to help you manage and overcome opioid/opiate addiction. If you are ready to reclaim your life, contact us today and take the first step in changing your life forever.