Can Suboxone Prevent Overdose?

Written by Chloe Nicosia

Can Suboxone Prevent Overdose Or Is It A Misconception?

A mixture of naloxone and buprenorphine, Suboxone can temporarily reverse the effects of opiates on the brain. The drug can also lower the risk of relapse when used as a maintenance medication, but can Suboxone prevent overdose? The answer is no. If Suboxone is used properly, buprenorphine is slowly released into the body for the purpose of reducing cravings and other withdrawal symptoms. When a user attempts to abuse Suboxone’s time-release components (by injection), instead of getting a euphoric high the person is forced into a very uncomfortable withdrawal.

People with a low opioid tolerance may experience an amount of euphoria when taking Suboxone, and a number of medications (prescription and over-the-counter) can interfere with the proper function of the drug. These interactions can be dangerous and lead to overdose, even though naloxone is an ingredient in the drug. Naloxone, by itself, is used to restart breathing when a person has overdosed on opioids. It’s effects are temporary. Can Suboxone prevent overdose? The facts say no.

Suboxone Side Effects

There are several Suboxone side effects the user may experience. The more common side effects include the following:

  • Abdominal or stomach discomfort and pain
  • Constipation
  • Weakness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • General pain
  • Insomnia
  • Back pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sneezing

If you the following Suboxone side effects occur, should contact a doctor:

  • Coughing or hoarseness
  • Faint, dizzy, or lightheadedness
  • Fever or chills
  • Redness of the skin on face and neck
  • Difficult urination
  • Swelling of face and extremities
  • Rapid gain or loss of weight

Call 911 if the following occurs:

  • Blurry vision
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Irregular or shallow breathing
  • Pale or blue lips, nails, or skin
  • Unusual weakness
  • Slurred speech
  • Unconsciousness

Suboxone Treatment Centers

Because Suboxone contains buprenorphine, there is the potential for addiction and overdose if it is abused. Although buprenorphine does not normally lead to overdose, if it is combined with alcohol and benzodiazepines to gain a greater sense of euphoria, a number of physical problems can occur. Breathing depression and slowed heart rate can lead to coma and death. Better Addiction Care (BAC) will locate Suboxone treatment centers that offer individualized rehab programs for people addicted to this drug.

Detox is the first step in the process of ridding the body of addiction. Medical support staff monitors the progress and can provide medicine if called for. Rehab follows detox and includes daily one-on-one or group therapy. Counseling session with a psychiatrist are also an important part of the program. The patient learns about the causes of addiction, how to recognize their triggers, and how to use their “outside”support group when they return to regular life.

Inpatient treatment is the best way to start your recovery program, and BAC will locate a Suboxone treatment center close to the patient’s home. When a person leaves the treatment facility, he or she is already set up with an outpatient group in their community.12-step programs such as Narcotics Anonymous provide peer support, mentoring, and a sense of community and family.

Don’t play around with Suboxone. It is a milder drug, but when abused it can have serious consequences. If you are taking Suboxone or have a loved one who is abusing it, Call Better Addiction Care at 1.800.429.7690 to speak to a drug rehab specialist. Don’t put off calling for another day.