It is a controlled substance classified as a schedule three (III) prescription drug accepted for medical use but may cause physical or psychological dependence and may be abused.
Buprenorphine and naloxone, when combined, reduce cravings for opioid addiction like heroin, codeine, fentanyl, and oxycodone and can also be used like Suboxone in drug addiction withdrawal. People being treated for opioid addiction are given Suboxone to help manage withdrawal while detoxing from opioids. Continued use of this medication controls cravings and withdrawals.
- Difficulty sleeping and insomnia
- Decreased capacity for attention
- Blurry vision
- Dizziness or Fainting
- Respiratory depression
Allergic reactions can occur with excessive use of Suboxone. Symptoms may include trouble breathing, skin rash or hives, and swelling of the lips, throat, and tongue.
With its opioid effects, suboxone dependence can cause drug-craving and drug-seeking dependence that leads to misuse. This can cause overdose leading to death. This is especially true if used with other opioids, alcohol, benzodiazepines (such as Ativan, Valium, or Xanax), and other drugs.
Taking high doses of Suboxone can cause breathing problems, coma, and death. It is more likely to occur in people who already have breathing problems, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Several weeks of Suboxone use may cause reduced cortisol hormone levels. This condition is called adrenal insufficiency. Symptoms of adrenal insufficiency include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, fatigue, weakness, dizziness, low blood pressure, and depression.
Suboxone contains naloxone, which is an opioid antagonist that blocks the effects of opioid drugs. Using the Suboxone could cause withdrawal symptoms if taken while there are still other opioids in the system. The drug is supposed to be taken only after the opioid effects wear off, and withdrawal symptoms start.
- Alcohol and antidepressants
- Cocaine and crack cocaine
- Heroin, opioids, methamphetamine
- Marijuana, synthetic marijuana, and inhalants
- Prescription drugs, sleeping pills, and painkillers
- Bipolar Disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Depression and post-traumatic stress disorder