Man in sunshine with faraway look dealing with suboxone side effects.If you have built up a significant dependence on opiates such as heroin and a prescription drug like Oxycontin, you have an addiction that puts you in grave danger. By the time you are ready to admit you have an illness and seek help, you will likely need to submit to a detox process. During detox, the physician could prescribe Suboxone as a tapering drug. If that should happen, you need to be aware of the Suboxone side effects.

About Suboxone

Suboxone or Buprenorphine, the generic name, is an opiate-based drug that is used for the treatment of opiate addiction. It is also prescribed by physicians in the treatment of moderate, acute, or chronic pain. In some instances, the Buprenorphine will be combined with Naloxone to form another substance used in the treatment of opiate addiction.

Generally, Suboxone is used as part of a “tapering program.” It allows a patient to decrease the amount of opiate-based drugs in their system over a longer and safer period of time by using Suboxone instead. Physicians will prescribe the substance when the patient has a significant addiction and faces severe withdrawal issues without some type of intervention, usually in a detox situation. The only downside to the use of this tapering drug is the Suboxone side effects that exist.

About the Suboxone Side Effects

Suboxone acts like an opiate-based narcotic. As is the case with most narcotics, it becomes highly addictive when abused. In a hospital or detox setting, the drug is prescribed by physicians in a low enough dose to help the tapering process. However, during its use, the patient may be subject to a number of Suboxone side effects that range from mild to quite serious.

At the lower end of the scale, the possible Suboxone side effects include:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness or drowsiness
  • Numbness or tingling in the extremities
  • Sleep issues like insomnia
  • Stomach pain or vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Redness, dryness or pain around the mouth area

Most of these side effects are manageable with over-the-counter medication. However, a physician should be called if they persist over a long period of time.

At the upper end of the scale are the more severe Suboxone side effects. If you are not in a medical detox, If any of these severe effects appear, it is imperative you contact a physician as soon as possible. The most dangerous side effects include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Fast or irregular heartbeat
  • Fainting spells or extreme dizziness
  • Slowed or shallow breathing
  • Severe drowsiness
  • Constant oversleeping
  • Mood changes – frustration, agitation, confusion

Getting Treatment at Beaches Recovery

Beaches Recovery is an upscale drug and alcohol rehab center located in the rehab mecca of Jacksonville, Florida. Our 30-bed facility specializes in the treatment of drug addiction. While we do not maintain an onsite detox facility, we do have a strong relationship with a third-party detox center in the local area. After detox, we can place our patients in one of the following drug treatment programs:

  • Partial Hospitalization Program with outpatient aftercare
  • Inpatient individual and family treatment
  • Outpatient and intensive outpatient
  • Dual diagnosis treatment
  • Aftercare treatment

As you contemplate the disarray addiction is causing in your life, it might help if you know assistance is just a phone call away at 866-605-0532. At Beaches Recovery, we understand the urgency of getting you treatment. Our professional counselors and clinicians are ready and willing to get you the treatment you need. By admitting there’s a problem and making the call, you will have the opportunity to recover from an insidious disease and get on with a life you can be proud to live.