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Suboxone Addiction Signs and Symptoms

Sometimes it can be difficult to tell if someone is abusing prescriptions or if they really need the medication. There are certain warning signs to look for when you think someone is abusing prescription medications:

  • “Losing” prescriptions often so they have to go to the doctor to get a new one
  • Getting prescriptions from more than one doctor
  • Taking higher doses despite warnings
  • Stealing prescriptions
  • Forging prescriptions
  • Selling prescriptions
  • Excessive mood swings

Symptoms of Suboxone Drug Abuse

Opioid painkiller symptoms and complications of abuse are:

  • Constipation
  • Depression
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  • Low blood pressure
  • Decreased respiration rate
  • Confusion
  • Increased risk of choking
  • Loss of menstrual periods and fertility
  • Slowed breathing rate

Buprenorphine (Suboxone) Signs of Addiction

Buprenorphine, one of the active ingredients in Suboxone, is an addicting opiate drug with agonist/partial agonist and receptor agonist/antagonist actions. The antagonist action is not useful and has no effect when a person uses this drug sublingually (under the tongue). The naloxone (antagonist) in this medication is only activated when the buprenorphine (suboxone) is delivered by injection.

Like full agonist opiates, buprenorphine can cause:

  • Addiction
  • Drowsiness
  • Vomiting
  • Respiratory depression

Buprenorphine reactions are similar to those of other opiates but nonetheless should be made aware when diagnosing an addiction.

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Itchy skin
  • Dry mouth
  • Orthostatic hypotension
  • Male ejaculatory difficulty
  • Decreased libido
  • Urinary retention

Constipation and CNS effects are seen less frequently than with other opiates. Hepatic necrosis and hepatitis with jaundice have been reported with the use of buprenorphine, especially after intravenous injection of crushed tablets.

Suboxone Dependency

Suboxone is a highly dependent drug. Often, Suboxone addictions happen accidentally by patients unknowingly abusing their prescribed medication. When used for a prolonged amount of time, the body becomes used to the amount of drugs administered. When this happens, the user has to take more to receive the initial effects. This is a dangerous thing to do because when a user does not take the medication, withdrawal symptoms will occur. When taking this Suboxone, the patient needs to do exactly as the doctor says to stay clear of addiction. It is important to talk to your doctor before getting off of Suboxone to ensure withdrawal symptoms do not occur.

Suboxone Abuse Prevention

It is important to:

  • Keep your prescription medications clearly labeled and away from children and those with a history of drug abuse.
  • Keep all medications in a locked cabinet.
  • Dispose of all unused pills properly. The federal government suggests flushing opioid painkillers down the toilet.
  • Other unused medications can be mixed with coffee grounds or kitty litter and thrown away.

Failure to follow the steps can lead to becoming dependent on prescription drugs.

Suboxone Facts

Suboxone is an approved opioid medication to aid in the treatment of opiate addictions. It contains a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is an opioid medication that is similar to other opioids (morphine, codeine, heroin). However, it produces a less euphoric effect, which makes it easier to discontinue use. Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist, which means its effects are limited compared to drugs like oxycodone or heroin because they are full opioid agonists.

Suboxone also contains naloxone; which is an opioid antagonist. The naloxone is used to discourage users from abusing Suboxone. If injected, the naloxone will reach the bloodstream and cause the user to almost immediately go into withdrawal. However, when Suboxone is placed under the tongue (as directed), very little naloxone reaches the bloodstream. Therefore, the patient only feels the effects of buprenorphine. Suboxone is beneficial to the patient because it reduces opioid use and helps patients stay in treatment by suppressing symptoms of opioid withdrawal and decreases cravings for opioids. Suboxone is a highly dependent drug; therefore, withdrawal symptoms may occur if you stop taking the medication too quickly.

Suboxone Addiction Help

If you or a loved one is addicted to Suboxone, it is important to seek help. Suboxone is a highly dependent drug. Once addicted, the effects are devastating. But, there is hope. If you are interested in receiving information on Suboxone detox or rehab, please call our toll free number at 1 (888) 371-5712.

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