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When you join us at Rise Above, our qualified addiction treatment team will develop an individualized treatment & psychotherapy plan to meet your specific needs. Our approach to treatment is different than what you’ll find in a typical California rehab setting.

Common Side Effects of Suboxone

side effects of suboxone

When someone decides to enter opioid addiction treatment, they often are unable to quit without experiencing painful withdrawal symptoms. Suboxone is a popular opioid that supports people as they are working to achieve sobriety. While it does not cure addiction, an appropriate dose of Suboxone will allow a person to function without the cognitive impairments often associated with methadone use. Like any opioid, Suboxone is habit-forming. It should only be used to help people with treatment-resistant substance use disorders when every other treatment approach has fallen short. Suboxone plays a major role in medication-assisted treatment.

Why Is Suboxone So Popular? 

People who are looking for a chemical cure for addiction will be disappointed with any drug. However, Suboxone can help people manage withdrawal cravings enough to get through the workday. Group and individual therapeutic interventions are essential for people using Suboxone; failing to address and heal from the concerns that caused them to become lost in drug use in the first place will result in relapse. used in conjunction with other treatment programs such as regular group and individual therapy. Suboxone performance depends greatly on how long someone remains in treatment. Here are the benefits of Suboxone: 

Supplementing Addiction Recovery

A medication-assisted treatment supports clients ending an addiction by easing their withdrawal symptoms. However, it is just one part of the addiction treatment plan. To truly help clients achieve sobriety, substance abuse counseling and consistent meeting with a primary care physician are necessary. 

What Are the Effects of a Suboxone Withdrawal? 

When used only as directed, Suboxone can help people manage physical side effects of opioid withdrawal, including:

  • Nausea
  • Chills
  • Headache 
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation

In addition, it is important to note that people can become addicted to Suboxone as it provides a state of relaxation similar to other opioids. This feeling could also lead to a drug relapse. 

Psychological Side Effects of Opioid Withdrawal

Opioid withdrawal causes severe tension and preoccupation with medication. There are also common psychological side effects to consider. These include: 

  • Depression 
  • Anxiety 
  • Nervousness 

Like the physical side effects of Suboxone, these symptoms should be evaluated. It is not uncommon for clients to relapse. 

Severe Side Effects of Suboxone Addiction

There are also very severe side effects of Suboxone use. The most common are: 

Respiratory Depression

Respiratory depression occurs when breathing is too shallow or slow. This is caused by the limited oxygen in the body. If a client uses Suboxone and has this side effect, they should consult with a medical professional immediately. 

Liver Failure

If your skin or the sclera (the white part of your eyes) begins to turn yellow, or you experience stomach pain or dark urine, you could be developing liver problems. 

Allergic Reactions

If you begin wheezing or develop a rash, you could be allergic to Suboxone. 

Blood Pressure Decreases

If you often feel dizzy after standing quickly, you may have low blood pressure due to using Suboxone. 

Fertility Issues

Using Suboxone for long periods of time can also impact the fertility of men and women.


Like all drugs, Suboxone can become addictive. Since it possesses the same effects as opioids, you can develop a physical and/or psychological dependence. 

Rise Above Treatment Provides Medication-Assisted Treatment

Suboxone can be used as part of a medication-assisted treatment program that supports clients with opioid addictions withdrawal with fewer side effects. If you are addicted to opioids, it is time to seek help, and Rise Above Treatment is here to support you. Our team of medical professionals will build an individualized treatment plan to help you navigate your journey to sobriety by including therapy, lifestyle changes, and other necessary interventions. Contact us at [Drect]. It’s time that you take the first step in having a healthier mind and body. 

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