What do I need to know about taking Suboxone?
As with all prescription medications, there are numerous considerations to be made before being placed on Suboxone. There are also numerous possible side-effects. Allergies are a top concern. Anyone who has an allergy to any of the ingredients used in this medication should not take it. Mothers who are breast-feeding should also avoid Suboxone.
People who suffer acute alcoholism, people with delirium tremens, or severely reduce lung or liver function should also avoid taking Suboxone. Possible side effects of Suboxone are nausea and/or vomiting, sweating, trouble sleeping, constipation, headache, pain, tiredness/drowsiness, or dizziness when getting up from sitting or lying down. These side effects are uncommon, but if any of them are noted, then you would want to talk to your doctor about them. If you experience feelings of depression, develop a skin rash, or notice yellowing of your eyes or skin, abdominal pain, pale stools, dark urine, itchy skin, or loss of appetite, then you should check with your doctor as soon as possible. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience slower breathing or difficulty breathing, chest pain, feeling faint or dizzy, having hallucinations, or seizures. There are numerous other drugs Suboxone should not be taken alongside. You need to be sure you disclose all medications you are currently taking to your doctor so that he or she may be aware of them to avoid any complications that may occur.
Side Effects of Suboxone
Like many medications on the market there are some potential side effects to consider when taking Suboxone. The biggest is of course that it can cause dependency. Other things to consider are that there are some individuals who can suffer allergic reaction to the medication compounds. These symptoms could include difficulty breathing, closing of the throat, hives, swelling of the face and hands. Other side effects possible when taking Suboxone could include slow or shallow breathing, confusion and dizziness, liver irritation or problems visible by a yellowing of the eyes and the skin, dark urine color, light stool colors, nausea, low stomach pain or decrease in appetite.
Some of the more serious Suboxone side effects possibly related to taking Suboxone could include sleep difficultly, nausea that is consistent, all over pain, headache, unusual sweating , stomach aches and sever constipation. Do not stop taking the medication if you have these symptoms but contact your physician immediately. There may be a dosage adjustment required or you may not be able to take the medication and a new treatment plan could be the best answer for your situation.
How is Suboxone Administered?
While Suboxone is often used within a detox setting there are instances where Suboxone can be administered as an outpatient medication. Even in this case the physician will typically provide the patient with the first dose to ensure the dosage is correct and effective on going. The medication requires that the patient take it exactly as directed to be completely effective. The pill form of the medication should not be swallowed but instead is to be placed under the patient's tongue and dissolved.
How to Take Suboxone
Taking Suboxone exactly as directed is crucial to not only the success of the medication but also the health of the individual taking it. If the directions given to you are confusing in any way contact your doctor or the pharmacy before taking the medication. This may also cause severe withdrawal symptoms in the person taking the medication.
Suboxone should never be injected, chewed or swallowed. This could cause them to work adversely and could even cause an overdose in the medication, particularly if taken in this manner while on a tranquilizer. The medication comes in tablet and film form and should be taken by being placed under the tongue and allowed to dissolve completely. This process could take as long as ten minutes and depending on how your physician advises you may be taking a couple of tablets at one time or many.
Missing Suboxone Doses
Suboxone can be addictive in and of itself. It is for this reason that it is important not to miss a dose while under treatment. Missing a dose could cause you to go into severe withdrawals causing painful and uncomfortable symptoms some of which can be deadly.
If you miss a dose take it as soon as you remember. This having been said it is important not to double up on doses if you remember close to the next dose. Never stop this medication abruptly and always consult with a physician before doing anything. The physician will likely put a plan in place to help you slowly reduce the amount of Suboxone in your system over a period of time.
It is possible to overdose on Suboxone. If you feel any dizziness, weakness, faint or pass out, are confused or overly tired, feel cold or clammy and are having trouble breathing you will want to seek medical attention immediately. It is possible to slip into a coma through overdose of Suboxone.
Like any other drug it is possible to overdose on Suboxone. It is for this reason that the medication be taken exactly as directed. If it is possible that an individual has overdosed on Suboxone they may experience several symptoms such as Cold or clammy skin, some confusion and dizziness, extreme overwhelming weakness to the point of fainting, hypotension, respiratory depression or tightness, sedated state, severe difficulty breathing, pupils may become small and they may slip into a coma. Some less severe symptoms of overdose of Suboxone could be dark coloration of urine, diarrhea, low blood pressure, increasing or prolonged nausea, convulsions, stomach cramping, nervousness or yellow skin and eyes. If any of these things do occur it is important to seek medical attention immediately. Overdose of Suboxone is difficult to undo and can cause death quickly.