Suboxone 8/2 is a prescription medication that combines buprenorphine and naloxone. It’s used to treat opioid addiction. (Heroin and narcotic painkillers are common opioid drugs.)
Buprenorphine belongs to a class of drugs called opioid partial agonists, which help relieve symptoms of opiate withdrawal. Naloxone is in a class of drugs called opioid antagonists, which reverse the effects of narcotics.
This combination drug is used as part of a treatment program that typically includes counseling, lifestyle changes, and other interventions.
Suboxone 8/2 Warnings
Suboxone can slow down or stop your breathing. You should never take larger doses of this medication than your doctor prescribes.
Do not take antidepressants, sedatives, narcotic painkillers, sleeping pills, or tranquilizers while taking Suboxone.
Before taking Suboxone, tell your doctor if you have or have ever had:
Benign prostatic hypertrophy (enlarged prostate)
Adrenal problems, such as Addison’s disease
Any type of lung or breathing problem
A head injury
A curve in the spine that makes it hard to breathe
Kidney, liver, thyroid, or lung disease
Before taking this drug, tell your doctor if you drink large amounts of alcohol. Also, alert your physician if you are having surgery (including dental procedures) while taking Suboxone.
Suboxone 8/2 may cause lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting when you get up too quickly from a lying position. To avoid this problem, you should get out of bed slowly, sitting up and resting your feet on the floor before standing up.
Be sure to keep all appointments with your physician and the laboratory while taking Suboxone. Your doctor will likely order tests to check your response to the medicine.
The ‘Suboxone High’ and Abuse
Suboxone may be habit-forming. You should never share Suboxone with another person, especially if that person has a history of drug abuse or addiction.
Selling or giving away Suboxone is illegal and potentially dangerous.
Suboxone 8/2 Withdrawal
You should not stop taking Suboxone without first talking to your doctor. Stopping this medication too quickly can cause withdrawal symptoms.
Pregnancy and Suboxone
Suboxone is an FDA Pregnancy Category C drug, which means it is not known whether it will harm an unborn baby. This medicine may cause breathing problems, behavior changes, or life-threatening addiction or withdrawal symptoms in a newborn if taken during pregnancy.
You should tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant before taking Suboxone.
The medicine can also pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breastfeed while taking Suboxone.
Suboxone 8/2 Side Effects
Common Side Effects of Suboxone
You should tell your doctor if any of the following side effects become severe or do not go away:
Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
Serious Side Effects of Suboxone
You should contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following serious side effects:
Itching, skin rash, or hives
Difficulty breathing or slowed breathing
Unusual bleeding or bruising
Loss of appetite
Pain in the upper right part of the stomach
Yellowing of the skin or eyes