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What is Suboxone?

Suboxone is one of the common brand names under which the combination of buprenorphine and naloxone is available. Suboxone got approved for medical use in the United States (U.S) in 1981. Doctors usually recommend this combination to discourage the misuse of injection. Being a highly addictive and scheduled medication, buying and selling Suboxone is an act of criminal turpitude under the law. You can either purchase it from a chemist shop near you or order it online in the forms of sublingual tablets and films with the following strength:

  • 2 mg buprenorphine / 0.5 mg naloxone (Suboxone 2 mg)
  • 4 mg buprenorphine / 1 mg naloxone (Suboxone 4 mg)
  • 8 mg buprenorphine / 2 mg naloxone (Suboxone 8 mg)
  • 12 mg buprenorphine / 3 mg naloxone (Suboxone 12 mg)

How to take Suboxone?

Initially, your doctor will start your treatment with the minimum possible dose of the medicine, then after, he will gradually adjust your medicine dosage according to your health condition. Your doctor must examine you properly to determine a suitable Suboxone dosage for you. Your doctor should consider the following points before prescribing Suboxone dosage for you:

  • Age and weight of the patient
  • The medical condition of the patient
  • Other health disorders the patient is suffering from
  • How does the patient respond to the first dose of the medicine?

To let medicine perform more effectively, please take Suboxone precisely as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all the necessary instructions and directions given on the medication or prescription label. Tell your doctor if you are not observing any improvement in your health condition, and please don’t take medicine more often than prescribed.

If your doctor has prescribed you Suboxone sublingual tablets, drink water before taking them. It will help you to moisten your mouth and dissolve the medicine more quickly.

Please don’t crush the Suboxone tablet into powder to inhale it or mix it into the water to inject it into the veins. It can be life-threatening.

The following are the usual Suboxone dosage that your doctor can prescribe you:

Dosage for treating opioid dependence

In the form of buccal film

Induction treatment

  • For adults

Day 1

Your doctor will initiate your treatment with 4.2 mg of buprenorphine and 0.7 mg of naloxone, which you need to take after dividing it into multiple dosages.

Day 2

8.4 mg of buprenorphine with 1.4 mg of naloxone once a day.

Your doctor will only prescribe you buprenorphine in certain circumstances.

  • For children

Using Suboxone for treating patients younger than 18 years might not be safe.

Maintenance dosage 

  • For adults

After analyzing the patient’s response to the induction dose, their doctor may prescribe 8.4 mg of buprenorphine with 1.4 mg of naloxone once a day. Doctors can further adjust Suboxone dosage for their patients according to their health condition.

  • For children

Using Suboxone for treating patients younger than 18 years might not be safe.

In the form of sublingual film

Induction treatment

  • For adults

Day 1

Initially, 8 mg of buprenorphine and 2 mg of naloxone in multiple dosages

Day 2

16 mg of buprenorphine and 1.4 mg once a day.

Your doctor will not prescribe you Suboxone if you are taking methadone, opioid medications, heroin.

  • For children

Using Suboxone for treating patients younger than 18 years might not be safe.

Maintenance dosage 

  • For adults

16 mg of buprenorphine and 1.4 mg once a day; Your doctor will adjust your medicine dose according to your health condition.

  • For children

Using Suboxone for treating patients younger than 18 years might not be safe.

In the form of sublingual tablets

Induction treatment

  • For adults

Day 1

Your doctor will prescribe you a Suboxone induction dosage of 5.7 mg of buprenorphine and 1.4 mg of naloxone divided into multiple dosages.

Day 2

11.4 mg of buprenorphine with 2.9 mg of naloxone once a day.

Your doctor will not prescribe you Suboxone if you are taking methadone, opioid medications, heroin.

  • For children

Using Suboxone for treating patients younger than 18 years might not be safe.

Maintenance dosage 

  • For adults

16 mg of buprenorphine and 1.4 mg once a day; Your doctor will adjust your medicine dose according to your health condition.

  • For children

Using Suboxone for treating patients younger than 18 years might not be safe.

 

Please take care of the expiry dated of the medicine while purchasing it. Store Suboxone tablets appropriately at room temperature, away from heat, light, and moisture. Keep Suboxone tablets out of the reach of the children; they may misuse them. After completing your treatment, talk to pharmacists or chemists near you regarding the proper disposal of leftover medicine.

What to know before taking Suboxone?

Suboxone is a habit-forming medicine; using it for the long term can make you physically and mentally dependent on the treatment. It is one of the most common drugs of abuse. Please don’t share your medicine with anyone who has a history of drug abuse or addiction. You need to take care of the following points before taking Suboxone:

  • Suboxone is a highly addictive medication; take it only when your doctor prescribed you that.
  • You cannot take Suboxone if you are allergic to it or any of its components or similar medicines.
  • Your doctor may not advise you to take Suboxone if you have or ever had the following health disorder:
    • Breathing issues
    • Sleep apnea (breathing that stops while sleeping)
    • Enlarged prostate gland
    • Urination problems
    • Damaged liver
    • Kidney disorder
    • Unusual spine curvature that affects your breathing
    • Thyroid disorder
    • Problems with the working of the gallbladder and adrenal gland
    • Head injuries
    • Brain tumor
    • Seizures or convulsions
  • Avoid taking Suboxone if you are or were addicted to any drugs or alcohol.
  • Using Suboxone during the pregnancy can harm your child and make your baby dependent on the medicine.
  • Lactating mothers should not use Suboxone without consulting their doctor.
  • Avoid taking herbal products, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and other nutritional supplements simultaneously with Suboxone.
  • Some medicines can interact with Suboxone, making the treatment less effective or increasing the risk of certain side effects. To avoid dangerous interactions between Suboxone, always tell your doctor about all medications and therapies you are currently taking.
  • Please consult your doctor or call the Poison helpline if a Suboxone overdose happens.
  • Talk to your doctor about all the necessary precautions that you should take while using Suboxone.
  • Please visit your doctor more frequently for regular medical checkups and always remember that taking Suboxone is only a part of the treatment. You need to follow your doctor’s advice to let the medicine work more effectively.
  • Consult your doctor before you start or stop using the medicine; otherwise, you may experience rebound or withdrawal symptoms.
  • You may need to undertake some medical tests while using Suboxone.
  • The most convenient and comfortable way to get the medicine is to buy Suboxone online via a legitimate online store.
  • Consult your health expert to learn more about the risks and benefits associated with Suboxone.

What are the benefits of using Suboxone?

Suboxone is an opioid agonist that is an effective medication used to treat opioid dependence, chronic pain, acute pain, and other conditions as determined by the doctor.

What are the side effects of Suboxone?

Keep your health as your priority and keep observing your body. You can experience some side effects symptoms after using Suboxone, which is perfectly fine as you will recover from that after a while. Some of the common Suboxone side effects include the following:

  • Dizziness or drowsiness
  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty in concentrating
  • Feeling intoxicated
  • Opioid withdrawal symptoms
  • Pain in the tongue
  • Numbness or redness in the mouth
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Headache
  • Pain in the back
  • Unusual sweating
  • Fast and pounding heartbeats
  • Sleeplessness

You may need to take medical assistance if these symptoms are not getting well or worsening by each passing day. Stop taking Suboxone and tell your doctor if you face the following health issues:

  • Slow or shallow breathing
  • Sleep apnea (breathing that stops while sleeping)
  • Lightheadedness
  • Confusion
  • Loss of coordination
  • Weakness
  • Blurred vision
  • Liver problems such as pain in the upper stomach, loss of appetite, dark-colored urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice
  • Low cortisol level resulting in nausea or vomiting, loss of appetite, dizziness, tiredness, or weakness
  • High serotonin level in the body resulting in agitations, hallucinations, fever, sweating, shivering, fast heart rate, stiff muscles, muscles twitchiness, loss of coordination, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Shivering
  • Goosebumps
  • Unusual sweating
  • Hot or cold flashes
  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Diarrhea
  • Pain in the muscles
  • Any other severe allergic reaction to the medicine

How does Suboxone work?

Suboxone consists of two drugs known as buprenorphine and naloxone that work together but differently to provide relief against several pain types. Buprenorphine is an opioid partial agonist-antagonist that manages opioid withdrawal symptoms and reduces the craving for drugs. On the other hand, naloxone is an opioid antagonist that blocks the opioid effects.

What to avoid while using Suboxone?

Consuming alcohol while using Suboxone can increase the risks of some side effects. Please avoid it. Taking Suboxone can impair your thinking and reactions. Be careful while driving or operating machinery. Avoid involving in activities that require you to be attentive and alert.