Safety

Important Directions about Suboxone Use:

 

  • Always be honest with your physician about your use of opioids and other drugs. It is important that he or she know the frequency and level of your usage.

  • Always take your medication exactly as your physician directs. You risk serious and sometimes fatal consequences if you abuse or misuse your medication​

  • Never stop taking your medication without first consulting with your doctor.

  • Suboxone (and medications like it) have potential for abuse and produces dependence of the opioid type, but with a milder withdrawal syndrome than typical narcotics.

  • These medications can cause drowsiness and slow reaction times. This may occur more often in the first few weeks of treatment. Caution should be exercised when driving cars or operating machinery.

  • Store your medication in a safe/secure place. Keep out of reach of children.

  • Never give your medication to another. Sharing is illegal.​

  • Notify your Doctor immediately if you have Hepatitis or other liver disease.

  • Notify your doctor if you are pregnant, considering pregnancy, or breast-feeding.​​

 

 

Side Effects

Side effects of Suboxone are similar to other opioids. The most commonly reported one are:​

  • headache

  • insomnia

  • nausea

  • constipation

Contact your doctor if:​

  • You feel faint, dizzy, confused, or if your breathing becomes much slower than usual. These can be signs of taking too much medication.

  • Your eyes/skin become yellow (jaundice), your urine turns dark, or your stools become light in color. These may be signs of potentially serious liver disease

  • You suffer an injury or require surgery, as your pain management needs will differ from those not taking medications like Suboxone..

  • Click here for additional detailed safety and side effect information

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