Drug cravings are a little easier to deal with when you have the help of medications.
These therapies can blunt the physical and psychological discomfort drug withdrawal can cause, leaving you awake, aware, and prepared to work on the skills you’ll need to stay sober for good.
So if you’re addicted to opiates, you might be provided with Suboxone. Each dose contains a medication that can soothe your cravings, along with another medication that protects against abuse. Taking your medication as directed could be a vital part of your recovery process, but this medication might also come with a few uncomfortable side effects.
Common Side Effects
The manufacturer of one form of Suboxone released a list of common side effects reported by people who take this medication. Those effects include:
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Blurred vision
These symptoms are caused, in part, by the body’s adjustment to a very strong and potent medication. The drug needs to bind to receptors in the brain and the body in order to work, and that attachment can come with a few uncomfortable symptoms.
Other side effects could stem from dosing difficulties, says the National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment. While Suboxone is meant to work on the same parts of the body touched by opiate drugs, Suboxone works in the body a little differently than those opiate drugs do, and the dosing can be a little hard to get right. At the beginning of treatment, doses that are too high can cause people to feel a little sleepy and slow. Doses that are too low, on the other hand, can allow people to feel flu-like symptoms caused by opiate withdrawal.
How Serious Are They?
Many of these side effects will simply fade away with time. For example, difficulties caused by an improper dose of Suboxone are easily corrected. Once people have the right dose, they may not feel any discomfort at all.
Other side effects might be similar to the symptoms people felt while taking opiates. For example, feelings of sleepiness and nausea are also common with heroin or prescription painkillers. People with long histories of addiction may be accustomed to these feelings, and they may not feel panicked or concerned when they crop up with Suboxone therapy.
Still other symptoms are part of the adjustment process the body goes through when a new drug is introduced. The signs might be somewhat severe at first, but as treatment progresses, these signs might be easier and easier to overlook.
In one study (in Clinical Drug Investigation) of 94 people taking a medication like Suboxone, 85 percent said they were satisfied with how the drug helped them to handle drug withdrawal symptoms. The researchers report that “few” uncomfortable side effects or adverse effects were noted during the study’s term. That seems to suggest that most people who take Suboxone aren’t overwhelmed with discomfort.
Using Medications Properly
At Skywood Recovery, medications are just part of the treatment tools we can use to help you to overcome an addiction. We can also provide you with therapy, support group work and skill-building workshops. Please call 269-280-4673 and our admissions coordinators can talk with you about beginning the enrollment process right over the phone.