Examining the Side Effects of Using Suboxone to Treat Opioid Addiction

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Advanced Spine Provides Expert Advice and Treatment using Suboxone

Suboxone is a combination drug containing both buprenorphine and naloxone. Since buprenorphine is a relatively mild opiate analgesic that has been historically used to manage mild to moderate levels of pain, it only stands to reason that there are some potential short- and long-term effects associated with using the drug. Some of the short-term effects associated with the drug include:

  • Pain relief
  • Mild euphoria
  • A sense of calm and well-being
  • Lowered feelings of stress
  • Increased relaxation
  • Sleepiness
  • Confusion
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Respiratory depression

Since Suboxone acts as a depressant, it can lead to extreme lethargy, breathing problems and even death. The risk of these negative side effects are much lower than those associated with other drugs used for addiction management, such as methadone.

It should also be noted that there are some side effects associated with suddenly stopping the use of Suboxone. Some of these include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Joint pain
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Jitteriness
  • Dilated pupils

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For this reason and more, it is important to follow the doctor’s instructions regarding the proper use and discontinuation of Suboxone. To help prevent withdrawal symptoms from occurring, your doctor will guide you through the process of cutting back on your Suboxone dosage. This will reduce your chances of experiencing withdrawal symptoms while also helping to prevent a relapse.

If you or a loved one is suffering from opioid addiction, contact Advanced Spine & Rehab. Our team is certified to treat opioid addiction with the help of Suboxone treatments. Our multifaceted approach will give you the best opportunity for kicking the habit and getting a new start on life.