Does Suboxone Harm the Liver?

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Suboxone can be an effective treatment option for those who suffer from opioid addiction. When taking such a powerful medication, it is only natural to worry about potential side effects and how the drug might affect your liver.

During the early years of research on buprenorphine there were some concerns regarding the potential effects of the drug on the liver. As part of the process of being approved by the FDA, the effects of buprenorphine on the liver had to be studied. The study, which was conducted at 8 different sites that were all part of the National Institute on Drug Abuse Clinical Trials Network, randomly assigned 731 patients one of two study drugs. These included buprenorphine/naloxone and methadone. The 24-week study showed no evidence of liver toxicity from either drug. In fact, after controlling for medication condition, tobacco smoking, alcohol use, needle sharing and drug use, the researchers found that infection with hepatitis B or C at the baseline was the only predictor of elevated liver toxicity.

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While Suboxone is considered safe to use for drug treatment, this is not to say that it impossible for it to affect the liver. Usually, these cases are caused by misuse of the drug such as intravenous administration of the tablets.

To learn more about Suboxone treatment, how it can help with your addiction and the potential risk involved with its use, contact the medical professionals and Advanced Spine & Rehab. We would be happy to answer any questions you might have!

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