Suboxone Side Effects

Nausea, sweating, and headaches are among the most commonly reported side effects of Suboxone. Other common problems include constipation, pain, and hot flashes. In most cases, side effects of this medication are easy to treat. However, notify your healthcare provider immediately if you develop more serious reactions, such as fainting, severe constipation, or difficulty breathing.

An Introduction to Suboxone Side Effects

Just like any medicine, Suboxone® (buprenorphine and naloxone) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the medication will have problems. In fact, 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.
 
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Suboxone. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
 

Common Side Effects of Suboxone

Suboxone has been studied extensively in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects were carefully documented.
 
Based on the information from these studies, the most common Suboxone side effects included:
 
  • Headaches -- in up to 36.4 percent
  • Pain -- up to 22.4 percent
  • Nausea -- up to 15 percent
  • Sweating -- up to 14 percent
  • Constipation -- up to 12.1 percent
  • Abdominal (stomach) pain -- up to 11.2 percent
  • Flushing or hot flashes -- up to 9.3 percent
  • Vomiting -- up to 7.5 percent
  • General feeling of weakness -- up to 6.5 percent.
 
Suboxone may cause opioid withdrawal symptoms, particularly if used by people who are still taking other opioids. This effect is particularly likely to occur if Suboxone is abused by injection (see Suboxone Withdrawal and Can You Shoot Up Suboxone?).
 
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