Side Effects of Suboxone
All medications come with the potential for side effects, some more serious than others. For most people, these are mildly annoying symptoms that will end as soon as their bodies become accustomed to whatever chemical cocktail is being ingested or injected. For a significantly smaller number of people, side effects will be so severe that they become life-threatening, as in the case of a systemic allergic reaction.
Suboxone is no different . It has two classes of possible side effects: common and severe.
Common Side Effects of Suboxone
The common side effects of suboxone could be mistaken for a viral or bacterial infection, as the symptoms are similar. While not generally life-threatening, patients experiencing these symptoms should still check with their doctor. Most doctors will suggest treating the individual symptoms, but sometimes it may be necessary to adjust the dosage of suboxone being used.
The common side effects of suboxone, which may occur separately or in combination, are:
- nausea and/or vomiting
- stomach ache
- weakness or listlessness
Severe Side Effects of Suboxone
The more severe side effects of suboxone require that you seek medical attention immediately, even if that means using an emergency room or emergency clinic. They include:
- Severe allergic reactions, including hives, itching, rashes, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath or a tightness in the chest, and swelling of the face, mouth, lips or tongue
- blurred vision
- confusion or a decreased attention span
- dark urine
- irregular heartbeat
- light headedness or fainting
- loss of appetite
- loss of coordination, including slowed reflexes and/or slurred speech
- mood changes, including depression
- nervousness, anxiety, or unprovoked agitation
- slow or shallow breathing
- swelling of hands, ankles, or feet
- yellowing of eyes or skin (jaundice)
As well, if any of the common side effects do not go away, or become acute - so bad as to affect the ability to function -they should be treated as severe side effects and medical attention should be sought.
Side Effects Associated with Suboxone Film
For those people using suboxone film, rather than taking a pill form of the drug, there are a few more side effects that could occur. These are not usually serious, but, as with any of the other common side effects, should still be brought up with your doctor as soon as possible. If left unaddressed they could become severe.
Common side effects of using suboxone film include:
- back pain
- mouth problems, including burning, numbness, pain, redness, or a tingling sensation in the mouth or tongue.
This list is not a complete roster of every single side effect that could occur while using suboxone, but it does address the symptoms the majority of patients who experience side effects at all are likely to encounter. Always call your doctor if you feel that something is wrong, even if the symptom doesn't exactly match anything on this list.
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