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The Different Suboxone Side Effects That You Need To Be Aware Of

As with any medication there is a tendency for them to have a number of side effects that may or may not affect the person that has been prescribed it; however, it is still useful to know what they may be in advance so you can identify them and can then seek an alternative treatment from your doctor. That being said what follows are the various suboxone side effects that you should know about in advance and they are graded according to the severity of them or how common they tend to be.

The first thing that should be mentioned is that suboxone is actually a combination of two drugs which are buprenorphine and naloxone. People are giving this particular medication in order to beat an opiate addiction and it is used due to the fact that it blocks the impact that the opiate has on the system and it does have to be administered carefully due to a danger of death via overdose especially if it is injected rather than in tablet form that is then placed under the tongue.

Mild suboxone side effects

In regard to these mild side effects it is worth pointing out that they are relatively common and will tend to ease by themselves without there being any need for medical intervention. You will only be required to contact your doctor if they do not clear up after a few days or if the symptoms get progressively worse over time.

The mild side effects that you should know about include headaches, a feeling of nausea, vomiting, chills, sweating, pain in the stomach, constipation, diarrhea, difficulty sleeping, feeling dizzy, and finally a general weak feeling throughout the day. These side effects are more of an inconvenience than anything else, but they do ease in the vast majority of cases, but clearly you need to stay hydrated if you have been vomiting due to the drug.

Severe suboxone side effects

In rare cases there may be more severe side effects associated with suboxone and with these you are advised to seek medical attention immediately due to there being a risk to your health. It is worth noting that even though a side effect may appear on this list there is no guarantee that it was even caused by the drug itself as there is a chance it may have been due to another unreleated illness when it was observed during tests. The problem is that by law the manufacturers must include it, but this explains why the list is rather extensive.

The severe side effects include feeling anxious, problems with your vision, coordination issues, losing your appetite, changes in your mood including depression, your urine becoming darker, pale stools, constantly feeling drowsy, consistent stomach pain or constipation, shallow and slow breathing, speech being slurred, skin having a yellow tinge, and swelling around your feet and hands. It is also worth adding that there is a chance of an allergic reaction and this is most commonly identified by swelling around the mouth, lips, and tongue, hives, an itch, rash, tightness in the chest, and difficulty breathing.

Suboxone and pregnancy

You are advised to avoid taking this drug if you are pregnant or breastfeeding as it is still unknown as to what will happen with your child. There is the possibility that it may cause a withdrawal symptom within the child in much the same way as it can with an adult.

Finally you are advised to inform your doctor if you have any health issues related to your lungs, kidneys, liver, or mental problems before taking this medication. This is due to the potential side effects that may make certain medical conditions a lot worse as alternatives may be prescribed instead.

Those are the various suboxone side effects that you are advised to be aware of prior to commencing taking this particular drug to combat your opiate addiction. There is a reasonable chance that you will develop headaches or some of the other mild side effects as approximately one in three people will develop at least one of them at some point, but as was stated at the beginning you will only require medical help if they get worse or you develop some of the more severe side effects that were listed above.


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