FAQ: Side Effects of Suboxone Film Strips

Suboxone, when used under the guidance of a professional, is a great medication to treat individuals with substance use disorder. In combination with counseling, suboxone can help patients get their life back. A common question asked during medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is what are the side effects of suboxone film strips.

Suboxone is a partial opioid agonist and is FDA approved for pain management and for treatment of opioid use disorder.

According to Suboxone.com,

Common Side Effects of Suboxone Film Strips:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • drug withdrawal syndrome
  • headache
  • blurred vision
  • back pain
  • fainting
  • dizziness
  • sleepiness
  • sweating
  • numb mouth
  • constipation
  • swollen and/or painful tongue
  • redness of the mouth
  • feeling lightheaded or drunk
  • attention difficulties
  • irregular heartbeat (palpitations)
  • decrease in sleep (insomnia

Serious Side Effects of SUBOXONE Film

Some serious side effects of suboxone include:

  • Breathing problems: Risk of trouble breathing increases with the concurrent use of benzodiazepines.
  • Sleepiness, dizziness, and problems with coordination
  • Dependence on Suboxone: SUBOXONE Film can be abused like any other controlled substance.
  • Suboxone can affect the liver. Signs of liver damage include:
    • yellowing of the skin and/or eyes (jaundice)
    • dark urine
    • clay colored stools
    • decrease in appetite
    • Stomach (abdomen) pain or nausea
  • Allergic reaction. Some people are allergic to suboxone. You may develop a rash, hives, swelling of the face, wheezing, or a loss of blood pressure and consciousness. Call for emergency help right away if this occurs.
  • Opioid withdrawal. Suboxone is a partial opioid agonist and can block the effects of opioids. Symptoms of withdrawal include: tremors, increase sweats, chills, runny nose, watery eyes, goose bumps, diarrhea, vomiting, and muscle aches.
  • Decrease in blood pressure. Suboxone may cause a drop in blood pressure. Symptoms include feeling dizzy while getting up from lying down or a seated position.

Long Term Side Effects of Suboxone

Long term suboxone use might cause abuse and dependence. Like other opioids, it may also cause fertility problems in both males and females. Also, long term suboxone use may cause liver damage. It is recommended for liver test be performed before and during treatment.

For more information, contact your healthcare provider.

For help with addiction, the SAMHSA helpline is 1 (800) 662- HELP(4357).







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