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Suboxone for Opioid Dependence in Statesboro, GA

What Is Suboxone?

Used to treat narcotic dependence, Suboxone is a prescription drug that is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. It can be taken orally as a tablet or an oral film, depending on what you are prescribed. It is important that you follow all directions from your doctor and the prescription including recommended dosage, quantity, and timing. Should you have any questions, contact your doctor immediately.

Reliance Treatment Center uses the generic Subutex which is buprenorphine and works the same when naloxone is added to subutex, making it suboxone. Adding naloxone helps to prevent misuse of opioids and lowers the chances of overdose from use. It is recommended that someone should already be in mild to moderate withdrawal before starting this treatment. 

If you or a loved one are struggling with opioid dependence in Georgia, contact Reliance Treatment Center of Statesboro today. Give us a call at (912) 489-7827 or request an appointment through our secure online form.

What Are the Side Effects of Suboxone?

As with most narcotic medicines, there are a number of potential side effects with the most common being slowed breathing. Other side effects include:

  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Pain in your back
  • Pain or burning in your tongue
  • Constipation
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Fatigue and drowsiness
  • Sweating
  • Dry mouth
  • Tooth decay
  • Muscle aches and cramps
  • Blurred vision or dilated pupils
  • Tremors
  • Palpitations

Although these side effects are common, it is important that you document the occurrence timing and frequency to discuss with your doctor. In addition, if you are experiencing any of the more serious side effects below, contact your doctor immediately or seek emergency medical assistance:

  • Slowed breathing with long pauses or additional breathing problems
  • Blurry vision and slurred speech
  • Severe stomach pain, loss of appetite, or jaundice (liver problems)
  • Shivering, sweating, muscle pain, or runny nose (signs of withdrawal)
  • Allergic reaction
  • Severe nausea, vomiting, or loss of appetite
  • Fast heart rate, muscle stiffness, and twitching (serotonin syndrome)

These are not all of the side effects of suboxone, but rather a few of the more common ones. If you notice any abnormalities while taking suboxone, contact your doctor.

How Long Does Suboxone Take to Work?

Upon taking suboxone, you should feel the effects within 30-60 minutes. Your frequency of taking this will be determined by your doctor and should be strictly followed.

Typically, there will be two phases for suboxone treatment: induction and maintenance. During the induction phase, the role of suboxone is to decrease your symptoms of withdrawal while you stop using opioids. Maintenance will keep your withdrawal symptoms in control as you complete your dependence treatment process. It is typically taken once a day at this time, but again, this will be discussed between you and your doctor.

For more information on suboxone/Subutex and its effects, please contact Reliance Treatment Center of Statesboro at (912) 489-7827 today. You can alternatively request an appointment using our secure online form.