Are there potential side effects of medications containing buprenorphine?

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October 7, 2021

The side effects of MAT medications containing buprenorphine and naloxone can vary greatly for each patient depending on their usual dosage, substance of choice, and length of misuse. Medical providers who prescribe MAT medications are highly trained and determine dosages for patients based on self-reported use history. Still, finding the right dose can require some troubleshooting in the beginning phases of treatment but is easily remedied.

Potential side effects of buprenorphine and buprenorphine compounds include:

• Respiratory Issues – see warnings regarding taking buprenorphine-based medications with benzodiazepines or other medicines with possible interactions.

• Sleepiness

• Dizziness

• Problems with coordination

• Dependency or abuse if not medically supervised

• Liver problems

• Allergic reaction

• Opioid withdrawal

• Decrease in blood pressure

AppleGate Recovery specialists and medical providers provide each patient with information on possible side effects, interactions, and other safety information before prescribing any medication.