Suboxone Side Effects
As with most drugs, Suboxone is associated with a variety of side effects. Doctors take these side effects into account before prescribing the drug. The most important consideration is determining whether the established benefits associated with Suboxone outweigh its potential adverse effects.
- General side effects. Weakness, chills, headache, back pain and abdominal pain are some of the most common general side effects associated with Suboxone use. Usually these symptoms are mild, but if they become severe or persistent, contact your doctor.
- Effects on the nervous system. Insomnia, increase in cerebral pressure, anxiety, depression, dizziness and nervousness are usually caused by the buprenorphine found within Suboxone.
- Respiratory effects: Suboxone is associated with respiratory depression, according to Drugs.com. This effect is potentiated when Suboxone is combined with other depressants, like alcohol and benzodiazepines. Death can occur if this respiratory depression is not treated.
- Gastrointestinal side effects. Suboxone can cause constipation, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Your liver can also be damaged by Suboxone use and this can lead to cytolytic (dying cells) hepatitis and jaundice. In patients with preexisting liver disease, Suboxone can be very dangerous.
- Cardiovascular effects. In rare cases, Suboxone may cause chest pain and myocardial infarctions (heart attacks). More commonly, the drug causes vasodilation and postural hypotension (low blood pressure).
- Psychiatric effects. The buprenorphine component of Suboxone is associated with the presentation of auditory and visual hallucination.
- Neonates: Pregnant woman taking Suboxone (or any opiate drug) may deliver babies who are physically dependent on the drug. Furthermore, these neonates will develop symptoms of withdrawal within hours after birth and require immediate treatment.
- Addiction. Suboxone is addictive due to its opiate content. Your body can become physically dependent on the drug and this can lead to opiate addiction.
- Withdrawal. If you are addicted to Suboxone, abruptly halting your intake of the drug will lead to withdrawal. Withdrawal can cause excess sweating, visual disturbances, anxiety and other neurological problems.
Allergic Reactions to Suboxone
Suboxone contains a host of ingredients that can cause an allergic reaction. Severe allergic reactions are life-threatening and you should seek medical attention if you experience any symptoms of an allergic reaction.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction include:
- Sudden rash
- Persistent itching
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Swelling, especially in the face and lips
Dangerous Side Effects
There are certain side effects linked to Suboxone that indicate a potentially hazardous situation is occurring.
Watch out for:
- Extreme anxiety
- Blurred vision
- Darkening of urine
- Loss or decreased consciousness
- Slurred speech
- Loss of appetite
- Irregular heartbeat
- Persistent drowsiness
These side effects are connected to dangerous conditions that will require immediate medical attention.
If you have any questions about the potential side effects of Suboxone use, consult a healthcare professional. You can also reach our clinical experts here at Alta Mira regarding any questions you have about addiction or treatment.