Suboxone is an opioid medication that is used to treat people with opioid addictions. It is comprised of a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. The chemical make-up of buprenorphine is very similar to opioids such as codeine, heroin, and morphine. The primary difference is that buprenorphine does not produce as much of a euphoric high, which makes it easier to stop taking. Naloxone is a drug that blocks the overall effects of opioids.
Because of the unique properties of Suboxone, it is a very popular drug for helping people stop using illegal opioids. The drug is dispensed in pill form, and it is generally administered in the doctor’s office under direct supervision. The pill is placed under the tongue so that it can dissolve. It is not meant to be swallowed or injected.
The way Suboxone is manufactured, if a patient injects the drug rather than taking it in the manner that it was intended, the naloxone blocks the effects of the buprenorphine and initiates withdrawal symptoms in individuals who have opioid addictions.
Just because Suboxone is used to treat people with opioid addictions it does not mean that it is completely safe to use. Caution should still be exercised when taking Suboxone because it can potentially be dangerous. For example, the overuse or misuse of Suboxone can cause death just like any other drug. The risk of this is particularly increased when it is injected with tranquilizers.
There is also the risk of developing a dependency to Suboxone, so users should not stop taking the drug without their doctor’s approval. It is important to note that withdrawal symptoms might also be experienced by individuals who are addicted to another drug when they first begin treatment with Suboxone. Your doctor should discuss all of the risks and potential side effects with you prior to administering treatment.
It is important to mention certain medical or psychological problems to your doctor before using Suboxone, as there may be some dangerous side effects for individuals with the following:
• Problems urinating
• Brain problems or head injuries
• Lung problems
• Difficulty breathing
• Kidney or gallbladder problems
• Hallucinations or severe mental problems
• Enlarged prostate glands
• Adrenal gland problems
In addition, there are some serious side effects that could potentially arise while you are using Suboxone. Should you notice any of these symptoms, you should seek medical assistance right away. You might also want to let your close friends and family members know what symptoms to look for so that they can help you monitor your health while you are using the drug. Some of the serious side effects include the following:
• Facial swelling
• Closing of the throat
• Slow breathing or difficulty breathing
• Yellowing of the skin or eyes
• Dark colored urine
• Light colored stools
• Lower abdominal pain
• Decreased appetite for more than just a couple of days
Any time that an individual is attempting to stop using drugs it is recommended that the addicted person get help from a substance abuse professional. It is safer to try to stop using drugs when under the guidance of a professional rather than trying to do it alone.