Suboxone is an effective form of opioid addiction treatment for many people. A controlled substance that is classified as a Schedule III prescription drug, Suboxone is the brand-name for a drug that actually consists of two ingredients: buprenorphine and naloxone.
Since it is a Schedule III prescription drug, doctors can only prescribe Suboxone after having received special training and certification through the U.S. federal government. This is partially due to the fact that there is potential for the drug to be abused and it does have some potential side effects. Some of these include:
- Abdominal Cramps
- Body Aches
- Burning Tongue
- Mouth Redness
- Rapid Heart Rate
Some of the more serious side effects associated with the drug include:
- Allergic Reaction
- Breathing Problems
- Hormone Problems
- Liver Damage
While the risk of abuse and dependence are minimal, it is still a concern that is associated with the use of Suboxone as a medical treatment. Overdose is possible with the drug, particularly if it is used along with other opioids or with alcohol, benzodiazepines such a Valium and Xanax or other drugs. Taking high doses of Suboxone can also lead to severe breathing problems, coma and even death.
Liver damage is another potential side effect of Suboxone use. Symptoms of liver damage include stomach pain, fatigue and yellowing of the skin or the whites of the eyes. By working closely with the medical professionals at Advanced Spine and Rehab, however, you will minimize the risks as you move confidently down the road to recovery.