Are There Side Effects?Just like any medicine, buprenorphine can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the medication will experience problems. Most people tolerate it quite well.
If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious reactions are less common.
Some of the common side effects of buprenorphine include:
(Click Buprenorphine Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
Important Information for Your Healthcare ProviderTalk with your healthcare provider prior to using buprenorphine if you have:
- A history of drug or alcohol dependence or abuse
- A history of breathing problems, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or other lung disease
- Heart disease of any kind
- An irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia)
- A very slow heart rate (bradycardia)
- A head injury, brain tumor, or increased pressure around the brain
- A history of stroke
- A history of seizures
- Problems urinating
- Low blood pressure (hypotension)
- Gallbladder or pancreas disease
- Liver disease, such as cirrhosis, liver failure, or hepatitis
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Buprenex and Pregnancy, Butrans and Pregnancy, Subutex and Pregnancy, or Suboxone and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Buprenex and Breastfeeding, Butrans and Breastfeeding, Subutex and Breastfeeding, or Suboxone and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Buprenorphine to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)