Alabama Clinics provides substance-abuse-treatment program for opioid dependence and pain medications dependence. Please check the link to read more about the substance-abuse recovery program. This article provides a checklist for the people who are interested to start the Suboxone/Subutex program.
Suboxone is a prescription medication that combines buprenorphine and naloxone. It’s used to treat opioid addiction. (Heroin and narcotic painkillers are common opioid drugs.)
Buprenorphine belongs to a class of drugs called opioid partial agonists, which help relieve symptoms of opiate withdrawal. Naloxone is in a class of drugs called opioid antagonists, which reverse the effects of narcotics.
This combination drug is used as part of a treatment program that typically includes counseling, lifestyle changes, and other interventions.
Suboxone can slow down or stop your breathing. You should never take larger doses of this medication than your doctor prescribes.
Do not take antidepressants, sedatives, narcotic painkillers, sleeping pills, or tranquilizers while taking Suboxone.
Before taking Suboxone, tell your doctor if you have or have ever had:
Before taking this drug, tell your doctor if you drink large amounts of alcohol. Also, alert your physician if you are having surgery (including dental procedures) while taking Suboxone.
Suboxone may cause lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting when you get up too quickly from a lying position. To avoid this problem, you should get out of bed slowly, sitting up and resting your feet on the floor before standing up.
Be sure to keep all appointments with your physician and the laboratory while taking Suboxone. Your doctor will likely order tests to check your response to the medicine.
Suboxone may be habit-forming. You should never share Suboxone with another person, especially if that person has a history of drug abuse or addiction.
Selling or giving away Suboxone is illegal and potentially dangerous.
You should not stop taking Suboxone without first talking to your doctor. Stopping this medication too quickly can cause withdrawal symptoms.
Suboxone is an FDA Pregnancy Category C drug, which means it is not known whether it will harm an unborn baby. This medicine may cause breathing problems, behavior changes, or life-threatening addiction or withdrawal symptoms in a newborn if taken during pregnancy.
You should tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant before taking Suboxone.
The medicine can also pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breastfeed while taking Suboxone.
You should tell your doctor if any of the following side effects become severe or do not go away:
You should contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following serious side effects:
You should tell your doctor about all prescription, non-prescription, illegal, and recreational drugs; herbal remedies; and nutritional or dietary supplements you’re taking, especially:
Consuming alcohol while taking Suboxone can increase the risk of breathing difficulties and may lead to complete cessation of breathing and death. You should talk to your doctor about this interaction, and refrain from using alcohol while taking Suboxone.
Suboxone may make you drowsy. You should exercise caution when driving or operating machinery.
Suboxone comes as a sublingual tablet or film to take under the tongue. It is usually taken once a day.
You should place the tablet under the tongue until it dissolves in two to 10 minutes. If you are taking more two or more tablets, place them all under your tongue at the same time, or two at a time.
Don’t swallow the tablets whole or chew them.
Your doctor may start you on a low dose of buprenorphine alone (Subutex) and increase your dose for several days before switching you to Suboxone for maintenance. Your physician may increase or decrease your dose until the medication works for you.
Symptoms of an overdose may include the following:
If you suspect an overdose, you should contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately. You can get in touch with a poison control center at (800) 222-1222.
If you miss a dose of Suboxone, take it as soon as you remember.
However, if it’s almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue on your regular dosing schedule. Don’t double up on doses to make up for a missed one.