Learn About Suboxone Treatment and Side Effects
Overcoming an addiction isn’t easy. And sometimes another opioid is used to treat heroin and opioid addictions. But is it just as risky as it sounds?
Suboxone can be addictive and if using it as treatment it is imperative that you do so under the direction of a trained professional doctor.
But whether you’ve formed an addiction for suboxone because of treatment or not, you need to know everything about it. And if you’re thinking about taking it, then you’ll want to know the breakdown.
Educate yourself and know what suboxone is, its risks, how it affects you, and how you recover from it.
So keep reading as we give you the details you need to know.
What Is It?
Suboxone is a prescription drug used to fight drug addiction. It can be prescribed by your doctor.
Suboxone consists of two different drugs and usually comes in the form of strips. Suboxone strips are part buprenorphine and part naloxone. Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist while naloxone is an opioid antagonist.
The naloxone in Suboxone is used to completely shut down the receptors in the brain that are triggered by full agonist drugs like heroin. But it needs to be paired with a partial agonist for good reason. If you are addicted to a full agonist drug, then having those trigged brain receptors completely turned off would cause severe withdrawal symptoms.
So the partial agonist drug buprenorphine comes into play to cause low triggering of the brain receptors. A partial agonist paired with a full antagonist makes the process of ending addiction a lot smoother. But it doesn’t come without risks.
Suboxone is and can be used for a safe and comfortable detox from opioids and opiates and also treats opiate addiction by preventing symptoms of withdrawal from heroin and other opiates.
Suboxone is approved for the treatment of opiate dependence and many people have success with it. But it is still important to understand the possible risk factors and side effects.
Possible Risk Factors of Suboxone
Because Suboxone contains a partial agonist, there is the possibility of Suboxone addiction. It is imperative that you follow your doctor’s dosing exactly.
It’s important to inform your doctor if you’ve had the following:
- Issues or problems with breathing
- Urination or prostate problems
- Kidney or liver disease
- Gallbladder, adrenal gland, or thyroid problems
- Brain tumors or seizures
- Stomach conditions
- Alcohol addiction, mental illness, or another drug addiction
There is a higher risk for overdose, addiction, and death for someone who is taking Suboxone without a prescription. Risks are also greater for you if you consume alcohol or other medicines/drugs that cause drowsiness while taking Suboxone. And taking it while pregnant leads to serious withdrawal symptoms for the baby.
Symptoms And Side Effects of Suboxone
You not only show physical signs of Suboxone abuse when misusing. You also experience psychological effects. When using Suboxone incorrectly, you may suffer from the following Suboxone side effects:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Stomach pain and constipation
- Change of mood
- Muscle aches
- Fever and sweating
And some side effects are much worst. You should contact your doctor immediately if you experience worse side effects. More serious side effects are:
- Hives or rash
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Bleeding or bruising that it unusual
- Loss of appetite
- Symptoms related to the flu
- Yellowing of the skin
These symptoms are serious and require you to seek immediate medical attention. Suboxone can interact negatively with other drugs. So you’ll need to tell your doctor if you’re consuming any other prescribed, illegal, or recreational drug.
There are more side effects associated with Suboxone. Talk to your doctor for more information.
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Recovery is possible. But we can’t stress enough that detox must be done under the supervision of the proper healthcare professionals. Do not try to detox yourself.
Suboxone withdrawal causes you to experience the side effects listed above so it’s important that weaning off of the drug is done under the care of professionals. Your safety and health is the number-one concern.
Revive Detox offers 24/7 support. You’ll feel 100% comfortable in your surroundings and in knowing that you have licensed professionals there to help and always by your side.
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