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Buprenorphine / Naloxone Treatment for Opiate Dependency
Buprenorphine is a partial opioid receptor blocker used to treat opioid dependency and is prescribed in a film or tablet form taken orally or sublingually (under the tongue). Its primary use is to stabilize patients to provide time for them to get supports in place and organize their lives.  Once stabilized, the goal is to eventually transition patients off of Buprenorphine.  When the patient is ready for transition, the physician and patient work closely to make the transition as comfortable as possible.
It is important to understand that Buprenorphine alone is not appropriate for the treatment of opioid dependency, and it is essential that the patient attend individual or group therapy sessions to reinforce the program's treatment goals and to support lasting recovery from opiates. 
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