As we all most likely know, mixing & interacting drugs can be dangerous – especially for people with existing substance abuse issues. Some prescriptions can harmlessly be taken together within the same day, but there are several types of drugs that aren’t meant to interact.
One medicine that requires users to be extremely careful is Suboxone. While it can generally save someone’s life by decreasing withdrawal effects from other drugs, mixing it with other drugs can be harmful; so it’s vital to know what to avoid if you or a loved one has been prescribed Suboxone.
What is Suboxone?
Suboxone is commonly used in opioid addiction treatment to reduce withdrawal symptoms & drug cravings in people with substance abuse issues. It combines two main types of medicine:
- Buprenorphine. This opioid medication has an effect on opioid reactors, but doesn’t have a strong impact like oxycodone or morphine.
- Naloxone. This drug combats opioids to block the effects that may lead to abuse.
Once they are combined, these two medicines bond together to trick the brain into thinking the individual took a hard opioid (heroin, oxycodone). Therefore, withdrawal symptoms aren’t as intense.
This medication is designed for individuals who are on the edge of an overdose and need to come down without severe or dangerous symptoms attached. It should be taken once a day and paired with other addiction treatments such as counseling and education.
Effects of Using Suboxone
When Suboxone is in the system, it has a 40-60% chance of changing the person’s thinking and behavior toward their previous drug of choice. It should even block effects of other opioids for about 24 hours — so if someone tries to use in that time frame, they won’t feel an effect.
Even though Subxone prevents negative withdrawal effects, it can come with some uncomfortable side effects including:
- Fever or flushing
- Back pain
However, these symptoms are mild compared to what may come from withdrawal OR what could happen when Suboxone is combined with another drug.
Interacting With Other Medications
Suboxone can possibly be harmful if misused or mixed with other types of drugs or medications, especially 3 in particular. When combined with these specific substances, Suboxone can bring dangerous consequences:
Alcohol – Alcohol & Suboxone are both depressants. Combining can cause unconsciousness, respiratory failure, & even death.
Benzodiazepines (Benzos) – Benzos & Suboxone are also both depressants. Combining them may cause lack of coordination, imparied judgement, respiratory failure, & even death.
Cocaine – Suboxone can reduce the effects of cocaine, which inaccurately makes people think they can take more.
You should also not use Suboxone if you’re allergic to Narcan. Talk to a doctor if you’re pregnant or are currently taking a stimulant medicine, herbal product, or medicine for mental illness/physical pain.
Using Suboxone Carefully
It may seem like there are lots of risks, but the reward is worth it with Suboxone.
This medication should be prescribed by a medical professional and may be available at pharmacies or rehabilitation facilities for emergencies. Again, it should not be mixed with anything else — the purpose of Suboxone is to help people achieve a healthy and sober lifestyle.
To learn more about how to get or use Suboxone for substance abuse issues, contact our team of professionals by calling as at 866-345-1543.