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Suboxone Side Effects

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One of the most effective and important evidence-based treatments for opioid addiction is medication-assisted treatment (MAT). One of the approved drugs used in MAT programs is Suboxone, a pharmaceutical that is made up of two generic medications—naltrexone and buprenorphine. If you have an opioid use disorder (OUD), meaning you are physically dependent on any opioid, synthetic or otherwise, such as fentanyl, Oxy, or heroin, consider Evoke Wellness’s suboxone program in Ohio.

Call 866.430.9267 to speak to someone about the benefits of a medication-assisted program, possible Suboxone side effects, and how to determine what treatment plan is best for you. You can also reach us via the online form. But don’t wait. Let us help you start your recovery and return to wellness by using Suboxone for opioid use disorder.

Programs that Use Suboxone for Opioid Use Disorder

Thus far, the FDA has only approved the use of Suboxone for opioids and alcohol. Still, we anticipate a future in which the helpful intervention of safe medications like Suboxone can support the many people with substance use disorders (SUDs) involving other drugs.

When a rehab facility recommends medication-assisted treatment for someone with an OUD, it will involve a two-pronged approach. If you enter Evoke Wellness’s MAT program, for example, you will receive psychotherapy and Suboxone. MAT combines both medication and therapy to achieve the best effects.

The upside of MAT with Suboxone is multi-faceted and includes:

  • Safe withdrawal with reduced cravings and other symptoms
  • Overdose prevention because Suboxone blocks the effects of opioids even if you slip
  • Relapse prevention
  • Improved mental and physical health due to the lack of strain on the body’s systems thanks to Suboxone
  • Improved long-term success rates

A well-planned MAT protocol helps those in recovery adhere to their goals and provides excellent results.

Suboxone Side Effects

Despite the fact that Suboxone is considered safe for people in recovery and comes with far fewer risks than heroin or fentanyl, it does cause side effects, some more common, others quite rare.

Suboxone is what is called a partial opioid agonist, meaning it activates the opioid receptors in the brain, but only mildly. It creates relaxation and reduces cravings and withdrawal symptoms. No matter how much is taken, it will never replicate the euphoric effects of a full agonist, like heroin, fentanyl, morphine, or Oxy.

But some Suboxone side effects are similar to those of an opioid, including:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Slowed breathing
  • Irregular heartbeat

Other side effects include:

  • Headache
  • Painful joints
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • The sweats
  • Blurred vision
  • Insomnia
  • Lack of concentration
  • Dizziness
  • Back pain

The Suboxone will be prescribed and managed by a physician who will carefully track your usage, how well it’s working, side effects, dosage, and efficacy. It is important to stay regularly in touch with your doctor, psychotherapist, and the drug rehab facility where you began your recovery.

Suboxone is extremely successful in treating opioid addiction and can be taken for long periods of time—even for life. You will not overdose on Suboxone, and even if you take too much, it won’t kill you. Because it does not get you high, abuse is rare. The risks of an opioid addiction far outweigh the risks of Suboxone.

Call Today to Start Suboxone Treatment for Opioid Addiction at Evoke Wellness Ohio

The goal of any addiction treatment is to end drug dependence and live a drug-free life. That does not mean you won’t take your blood pressure medication or your antacids. There are many medications we take regularly or sporadically depending on our health and what we need to be well. That includes Suboxone for many people who are in recovery from an opioid addiction.

Learn more about the efficacy of Suboxone for opioid use disorder as part of a medication-assisted treatment program. Submit our easy online form or call us at 866.430.9267. We are ready to listen and answer any questions you have.