Buprenorphine Side Effects: Be Informed, Not Afraid

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May 18, 2017

You realize that you have an addiction, but how do you know what treatment is safe? Taking buprenorphine is an effective step towards an opioid-free life. This type of medication-assisted treatment has been in use for 15 years now, and is highly regulated and monitored. However, it is important to be informed of potential risks that may occur while taking it. Buprenorphine side effects can vary patient to patient, but there are a few symptoms that have been commonly reported.

Buprenorphine Side Effects

Your physician at the clinic will be there every step of the way, but it is important to let them know if you notice any symptoms that you are uncomfortable with. If any symptoms feel life-threatening, always call 911. Common symptoms include:

  • Nausea, vomiting, and constipation
  • Muscle aches and cramps
  • Cravings
  • Inability to sleep
  • Distress and irritability
  • Fever

Before you are prescribed buprenorphine you will have an intake appointment with a physician. They will ask about your medical history, current drugs and medications, and your physician will walk you through what to expect when you start buprenorphine treatment. It is important to let them know if you are taking any benzodiazepines, such as Xanax. Benzos,or other narcotics,can cause serious side effects including death if they are not taken as prescribed.

Be Informed, Not Afraid

There are many benefits to buprenorphine treatment. This type of medication assisted treatment can allow you a new start at life in recovery by “tricking” your brain into thinking that it is satisfied while reducing cravings and preventing withdrawal symptoms. This lowers the risk of a relapse or fatal overdose. It’s important to note that once you begin buprenorphine treatment, if you abruptly stop taking it, you will likely experience withdrawal symptoms similar to opioid withdrawal. It’s important to closely follow physician dosage instructions and maintain an open and honest relationship with your physician throughout your course of treatment. Counseling is also provided at the same clinic to give you the well-rounded support system you need. If you are interested in learning more, find a clinic near you that will join you on this journey. AppleGate Recovery is continuing to grow across the country, and will continue to make a difference in the communities they are in.