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Suboxone Patient Information Including Side Effects
Brand Names: Suboxone
Generic Name: buprenorphine and naloxone (Pronunciation: byoo PREH nor feen and NAH lox own)
- What is buprenorphine and naloxone (Suboxone)?
- What are the possible side effects of buprenorphine and naloxone (Suboxone)?
- What is the most important information I should know about buprenorphine and naloxone (Suboxone)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking buprenorphine and naloxone (Suboxone)?
- How should I take buprenorphine and naloxone (Suboxone)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Suboxone)?
- What happens if I overdose (Suboxone)?
- What should I avoid while taking buprenorphine and naloxone (Suboxone)?
- What other drugs will affect buprenorphine and naloxone (Suboxone)?
- Where can I get more information?
What is buprenorphine and naloxone (Suboxone)?
Buprenorphine is an opioid medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic.
Naloxone is an special narcotic drug that reverses the effects of other narcotic medicines.
Buprenorphine and naloxone is a combination medicine used to treat narcotic (opiate) addiction.
Buprenorphine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
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What are the possible side effects of buprenorphine and naloxone (Suboxone)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Like other narcotic medicines, buprenorphine can slow your breathing. Death may occur if breathing becomes too weak.
Call your doctor at once or seek emergency medical attention if you have:
- extreme drowsiness;
- loss of coordination, weakness or limp feeling;
- blurred vision, slurred speech, thinking problems;
- weak or shallow breathing;
- nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
- pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest; or
- withdrawal symptoms--diarrhea, vomiting, shaking or shivering, runny nose, watery eyes, muscle pain, and feeling very hot or cold.
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.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Read the Suboxone (buprenorphine hcl and naloxone hcl) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
What is the most important information I should know about buprenorphine and naloxone (Suboxone)?
Using this medicine improperly will increase your risk of serious side effects or death. Even if you have used other narcotic medications, you may still have serious side effects from buprenorphine and naloxone. Follow all dosing instructions carefully.
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to buprenorphine or naloxone (Narcan).
Never share buprenorphine and naloxone with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it.
Do not drink alcohol. Dangerous side effects or death can occur when alcohol is combined with buprenorphine and naloxone. Check your food and medicine labels to be sure these products do not contain alcohol.
You should not breast-feed while using this medicine.
Do not give buprenorphine and naloxone to anyone under 18 years old without medical advice. The use of this medicine by a child can result in death. Seek emergency medical attention if a child has accidentally swallowed the medication.
This medication may impair your thinking or reactions. Avoid driving or operating machinery until you know how buprenorphine and naloxone will affect you.
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You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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