Suboxone Information - Side Effects, Drug Interactions, Conditions
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Suboxone 8mg-2mg SL Film
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Suboxone 8mg-2mg SL Tab
Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
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Suboxone 2mg-0.5mg SL Film
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Suboxone 2mg-0.5mg SL Tab
Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
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Suboxone 8mg-2mg SL Film
Overview Information on Suboxone
Pharmacist Tip
Drink a glass of water to moisten your mouth before taking Suboxone. This will help the medicine dissolve more easily.     
Suboxone® is a medicine that is given to people to treat opioid dependence or addiction. Suboxone has two active medicines: buprenorphine (an opioid) and naloxone (a drug that reverses the effects of other narcotic medicines). Do not take Suboxone if you have ever had an allergic reaction to either ingredient.

You take Suboxone by mouth, as a dissolving film. Suboxone film is designed to dissolve when placed under the tongue. Your doctor will tell you how much Suboxone to take and when. You should not chew or break the Suboxone film. And don't swallow them whole--your body may not absorb enough medicine if they don't fully dissolve in your mouth.

Suboxone is a controlled substance and is known to be a target for people who abuse prescription medicines or "street drugs." Always keep your Suboxone in a secured, preferably locked place, to protect it from theft.

Keep Suboxone away from moisture or heat. Don't remove Suboxone film from the foil packaging until you are ready to take it. Dispose of the packaging right away in a place where children and pets cannot get to it. Suboxone can be deadly to children and pets.

Carefully follow your doctor's instructions as to how to take Suboxone. Taking too much Suboxone or using it improperly can be dangerous or deadly. Do not suddenly stop taking Suboxone without your doctor's consent. Abruptly stopping it can result in a dangerous withdrawal reaction.

Before starting Suboxone, talk with your doctor about any health conditions you have or have had in the past, including:
  • Trouble breathing or lung problems
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Liver, kidney, or thyroid problems
  • Head or brain injury
  • Urination problems
  • Kidney or liver disease
  • Curvature of the spine that affects breathing
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Addison's disease
You should also talk with your doctor about any other medicines you take before taking Suboxone. Give your doctor an up-to-date list of all prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines, herbal remedies, vitamins, and supplements that you take. Some may react with Suboxone. Suboxone can cause death or an overdose if you take it in combination with benzodiazepines, sedatives, tranquilizers, antidepressants, or alcohol. Check with your doctor before you take any medicine. Never take Suboxone with "street drugs" or abuse it in any way. Never share your Suboxone prescription with anyone, because it can be deadly, and it is illegal to do so.

Suboxone can cause other side effects. Some of the more common ones include:
  • Headache
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Sweating
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Blurred vision
  • Painful tongue
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Constipation
  • Fainting, dizziness, or sleepiness
Talk with your doctor about these or other side effects you notice while taking Suboxone.

Suboxone can cause more serious side effects that may require immediate care. Seek help right away if you develop:
  • Signs of allergic reaction: itching or hives; swelling or tingling in the face, lips, mouth, throat, or hands; chest pain or tightness; or trouble breathing or swallowing
  • Signs of opioid withdrawal: shaking, sweating more than normal, feeling hot or cold more than normal, runny nose, watery eyes, goose bumps, diarrhea, vomiting, and muscle aches
  • Extreme drowsiness, loss of coordination, or feeling limp
  • Weak or shallow breathing
  • Dark urine or pale stools, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, upper stomach pain, and yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes
  • Severe headache
  • Blurred vision
  • Slurred speech
  • Thinking problems
  • Pounding or fluttering heartbeat
This is not a complete list. Report any troubling symptoms you experience while taking Suboxone.

In the event of an accident or other emergency, medical personnel need to know that you take Suboxone. Wear a medical alert bracelet or carry an ID card in your wallet that includes this information. Make sure all of your health care providers, including your dentist, know that you are taking Suboxone.


Clinical Review by Jodi Grimm, RPh and Ann Ciemnoczolowski, MS, ELS on May 15, 2013
Suboxone® is a medicine that is given to people to treat opioid dependence or addiction. Suboxone has two active medicines: buprenorphine (an opioid) and naloxone (a drug that reverses the effects of other narcotic medicines). Do not take Suboxone if you have ever had an allergic reaction to either ingredient.

You take Suboxone by mouth, as a dissolving film. Suboxone film is designed to dissolve when placed under the tongue. Your doctor will tell you how much Suboxone to take and when. You should not chew or break the Suboxone film. And don't swallow them whole--your body may not absorb enough medicine if they don't fully dissolve in your mouth.

Suboxone is a controlled substance and is known to be a target for people who abuse prescription medicines or "street drugs." Always keep your Suboxone in a secured, preferably locked place, to protect it from theft.

Keep Suboxone away from moisture or heat. Don't remove Suboxone film from the foil packaging until you are ready to take it. Dispose of the packaging right away in a place where children and pets cannot get to it. Suboxone can be deadly to children and pets.

Carefully follow your doctor's instructions as to how to take Suboxone. Taking too much Suboxone or using it improperly can be dangerous or deadly. Do not suddenly stop taking Suboxone without your doctor's consent. Abruptly stopping it can result in a dangerous withdrawal reaction.

Before starting Suboxone, talk with your doctor about any health conditions you have or have had in the past, including:
  • Trouble breathing or lung problems
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Liver, kidney, or thyroid problems
  • Head or brain injury
  • Urination problems
  • Kidney or liver disease
  • Curvature of the spine that affects breathing
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Addison's disease
You should also talk with your doctor about any other medicines you take before taking Suboxone. Give your doctor an up-to-date list of all prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines, herbal remedies, vitamins, and supplements that you take. Some may react with Suboxone. Suboxone can cause death or an overdose if you take it in combination with benzodiazepines, sedatives, tranquilizers, antidepressants, or alcohol. Check with your doctor before you take any medicine. Never take Suboxone with "street drugs" or abuse it in any way. Never share your Suboxone prescription with anyone, because it can be deadly, and it is illegal to do so.

Suboxone can cause other side effects. Some of the more common ones include:
  • Headache
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Sweating
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Blurred vision
  • Painful tongue
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Constipation
  • Fainting, dizziness, or sleepiness
Talk with your doctor about these or other side effects you notice while taking Suboxone.

Suboxone can cause more serious side effects that may require immediate care. Seek help right away if you develop:
  • Signs of allergic reaction: itching or hives; swelling or tingling in the face, lips, mouth, throat, or hands; chest pain or tightness; or trouble breathing or swallowing
  • Signs of opioid withdrawal: shaking, sweating more than normal, feeling hot or cold more than normal, runny nose, watery eyes, goose bumps, diarrhea, vomiting, and muscle aches
  • Extreme drowsiness, loss of coordination, or feeling limp
  • Weak or shallow breathing
  • Dark urine or pale stools, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, upper stomach pain, and yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes
  • Severe headache
  • Blurred vision
  • Slurred speech
  • Thinking problems
  • Pounding or fluttering heartbeat
This is not a complete list. Report any troubling symptoms you experience while taking Suboxone.

In the event of an accident or other emergency, medical personnel need to know that you take Suboxone. Wear a medical alert bracelet or carry an ID card in your wallet that includes this information. Make sure all of your health care providers, including your dentist, know that you are taking Suboxone.


Clinical Review by Jodi Grimm, RPh and Ann Ciemnoczolowski, MS, ELS on May 15, 2013

CVS Patient Statistics for Suboxone
Usage by Age
1.16%
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56.18%
20to40_base
37.72%
40to60_base
4.95%
over60_base
Most Commonly Used By CVS Patients
Usage by Gender
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39.88%
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male_fill_graph
60.12%
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