Buprenorphine and Naloxone
Are There Side Effects?Just like any medicine, buprenorphine and naloxone can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of buprenorphine and naloxone include but are not limited to:
(Click Buprenorphine and Naloxone 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 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:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Suboxone and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Suboxone and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Buprenorphine and Naloxone to learn more, including information on who should not use the drug.)