Suboxone Side Effects - Buprenorphine Doctors

Suboxone Side Effects

Suboxone is a buprenorphine medication taken under a doctor’s supervision to treat dependence on opioids. It comes in a tablet, or as a dissolvable film. Anyone looking for medical options for recovery from opioid addiction should have a thorough consultation with their doctors, so that they can both weigh the benefits of Suboxone against its potential side effects. After all, you face the possibility of experiencing both major and minor side effects when you take Suboxone.

Common (Less-Severe) Suboxone Side Effects

Most people treating opioid addiction with Suboxone experience at least some of the following side effects:

  • Weakness all across the body
  • Chills
  • Nausea, with or without vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Facial flushing
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches;
  • Profused sweating
  • Stomach pain

These side effects are considered typical, and they should resolve themselves without any further medical intervention. However, patients should report them to their doctor if the symptoms remain, or if they cause prolonged distress. It may be necessary for the doctor to alter the dose of Suboxone, or to increase medical supervision.

Severe Suboxone Side Effects

There are certain conditions that should alert patients that they’ve developed a major reaction to Suboxone, and that they should stop taking the medication immediately. Patients should also seek immediate medical attention if any of the following symptoms occur while taking Suboxone:

  • Severe allergic reactions (hives, rashes, excessive itching, tightness in the chest and/or difficulty breathing, or swelling near the mouth, tongue, lips, or face)
  • Extreme anxiety or nervous tension
  • Mental confusion with a decreased attention span
  • Blurred vision
  • Dark-colored urine
  • Lack of appetite
  • Clumsiness or lack of coordination
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Mood shifts involving agitation or depression
  • Colorless stools
  • Persistent insomnia or drowsiness
  • Extreme stomach pain, with or without constipation
  • Slowed reaction time
  • Slow or labored breathing
  • Difficulty speaking or slurred speech
  • Yellowness in the eyes or skin
  • Swelling in the hands, ankles or feet

These Suboxone side effects may occur when using either the film or capsule form, and some patients may experience symptoms which we haven’t listed here here. All Suboxone side effects should be reported to the patient’s doctor at once, even if you haven’t seen them here. A licensed physician is the only one authorized to give medical advice about the proper usage of Suboxone and how to contend with its side effects. Patients who have further questions or concerns should consult with their personal doctor.

And if you’re not sure where to find a Suboxone doctor to help you recover from opioid addiction, visit Buprenorphine Doctors today and find an opioid doctor near you. If you have questions about buprenorphine or opioid addiction, we have the resources for you to learn more and apply the facts sooner.


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