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The Side Effects of Suboxone

By Paul Ramone ; Updated July 27, 2017

Suboxone, generically known as a Buprenorphine/Naloxone Sublingual mix, is a drug used as a treatment for dependence on opioids such as morphine. The use of Suboxone can cause a variety of side effects ranging in severity based on the particular individual and size of the dose.


Suboxone is a prescription drug used to help individuals lose their dependence with opioids. According to Drugs.com, it works "by binding to receptors in the brain and nervous system to help prevent withdrawal symptoms in someone who has stopped taking narcotics (eg, heroin, oxycodone)." Suboxone is intended to be administered under the tongue.

Common Side Effects

Suboxone may produce a number of common side effects including headache, general pain, insomnia, constipation, stomach pain, diarrhea, dizziness, nausea, chills, drowsiness, sweating and weakness. Though common, if any side effects from the above list persist or worsen, contact your doctor immediately. Persistent side effects may be a sign of a serious condition.

Serious Side Effects

Drugs.com reports that the use of Suboxone may cause the following serious side effects: anxiety, difficulty breathing, yellowing of the skin or eyes, frequent stomach pain, mood changes, dark urine and pale stools. Users may also experience severe allergic reaction recognized by swelling of the face or throat and severe skin irritation. Seek immediate medical attention if any of these serious side effects occur.

Using Suboxone

Always take Suboxone exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Suboxone is a medication available in tablet form that should be placed under the tongue. The medication dissolves within 10 minutes of use. Never chew or swallow the tablets as this may lead to an inappropriate release of the drug. In order to lessen the side effect of constipation, be sure to drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. Store at room temperature away from heat and moisture.


Never inject Suboxone as it can cause severe symptoms of withdrawal. Do not suddenly discontinue use of Suboxone as the body can acquire a dependence for the drug. Discuss with your doctor how to slowly lower your dose to appropriately stop use. The consumption of alcohol can increase the severity of certain side effects. Never take other over-the-counter drugs without first consulting your doctor.

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