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Buprenorphine / Naloxone (Suboxone)Treatment for Opioid Dependency
Suboxone is an opioid partial agonist used to prevent withdrawal symptoms and cravings.  It is prescribed in a film or tablet form that is taken sublingually (under the tongue).  The goal of usage is to stabilize patients and provide them time to get supports in place and organize their lives.  Once the patient is ready to transition off of Suboxone, the physician works closely with the patient to make the transition as smooth as possible.  It is important to understand that Suboxone alone is not appropriate for the treatment of opioid dependency, and it is highly recommenced that patients attend individual and/or group therapy sessions to reinforce the program's treatment goals and to support lasting recovery.
As with other medications, there are certain risks associated with Suboxone. Common side effects may include: headache, mild dizziness, numbness or tingling, drowsiness or sleep problems (insomnia), stomach pain, vomiting, constipation, redness, pain, or numbness in your mouth, feeling drunk or trouble concentrating.
Call your doctor at once or seek emergency medical attention if you have signs of the following: Nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes), extreme drowsiness, loss of coordination, weakness or limp feeling, blurred vision, slurred speech, thinking problems, weak or shallow breathing, pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest, Withdrawal symptoms -- diarrhea, vomiting, shaking or shivering, runny nose, watery eyes, muscle pain, and feeling very hot or cold.
Get emergency medical help if you have any signs of a serious allergic reaction to Suboxone such as : Hives, difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Like other narcotic medicines, Suboxone can slow your breathing, and death may occur if breathing becomes too weak. This is not a complete list of side effects, and others may occur. For more information – visit http://www.suboxone.com