Withdrawal Side Effects and Facts
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.
Someone who has been taking Suboxone for an extended period of time and decides to quit cold turkey will experience withdrawal effects. It is important to contact a rehab facility in order to come off the drug in a safe environment and not experience severe withdrawal effects. When addicted to a drug like Suboxone, it is important to gradually reduce the amount over time. Some earlier withdrawal effects are:
- Muscle aches
- Increased tearing
- Running nose
Later effects are:
- Abdominal cramping
- Dilated pupils
- Goose bumps
Be careful while operating heavy machinery or driving because Suboxone may increase drowsiness, dizziness or impaired thinking. It is also dangerous to mix Suboxone with alcohol because it may increase the drowsiness and dizziness. Some side effects are less serious. Do not stop taking the medication but contact your doctor if you are experiencing any of these effects:
- Problem sleeping
- Stomach pain
Other side effects are more serious. Discontinue use and contact your doctor immediately if you are experiencing any of these effects:
- An allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue or face; or hives)
- Slow breathing
- Liver problems (yellowing of the skin or eyes, dark colored urine, light colored stools, prolonged decreased appetite, nausea, or lower stomach pains)
Suboxone is an approved opioid medication which aids 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.
When taken in excess, the risk of respiratory depression increases and can be dangerous if taken in conjunction with alcohol, sedatives, tranquilizers and any other form of CNS depressant medication. The risks of overdose are low, however, but nonetheless, levels of intake should be monitored and adhered to.
With that being said, Suboxone should not be taken in conjunction with the following medications. Drowsiness also increases when taken in partnership with any of these other drugs.
- Sedatives (for insomnia)
- Other pain relievers
- Anxiety medicines
- Muscle relaxants
Hypersensitivity to the nalexone in the medication has been reported by patients in very rare occasions. Normally, if nalexone is taken alone, this medication has no effect on these patients. However for those who do incur a reaction, a severe withdrawal period takes place. But this happens on very rare occasion.
In addition to physical side effects of taking Suboxone, many patients have reported other consequences and adverse effects. Through habitual and progressive use, the tolls on one’s mind affect relationships of all magnitudes. Other indicators of dependency on Suboxone include:
- Loss of enjoyment for simple things in life
- Indifference toward family activities and loved ones
- Decreased interest in sex and affection
- Loss of professional drive and personal ambition
- Ignorance of how instability affects others than self
- Additional signs of clinical depression, including:
- Irritability, anger
- Self-criticism, sadness, or emptiness
- Loss of appetite
- Loss of restful sleep
- Impaired libido, impotence
If you or someone you know is suffering from an addiction to Suboxone and needs to stop Suboxone addiction, please call our toll free number at 1 (888) 371-5712. Someone is available 24 hours a day to help you with treatment options.
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