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If your healthcare provider prescribes Suboxone, it's important to know that this medication can increase your risk for certain problems, such as a slow heart rate and irregular breathing. You may not be able to use this drug if you have asthma, problems urinating, or certain other medical conditions. Reviewing these and other precautions and warnings can help ensure a safe treatment process with Suboxone.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

Talk with your healthcare provider prior to using Suboxone® (buprenorphine and naloxone) if you have:
 
  • A history of breathing problems, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or any other lung disease
  • Heart disease of any kind
  • An irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia)
  • A slow heart rate (bradycardia)
  • A head injury, brain tumor, or increased pressure around the brain
  • A history of a stroke
  • A history of a seizure
  • 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:
 
  • Breastfeeding
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant.
 
You should also tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 
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Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;
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