Are Suboxone Side Effects Long Term?
Suboxone is one of the latest innovations in addiction treatment. Its combination of buprenorphine and naloxone stops withdrawal symptoms and helps to prevent opiate abuse. If you or someone you know is addicted to opiates, call our helpline at 800-891-9360(Who Answers?).
Here’s how Suboxone works:
The naloxone stops you from feeling the euphoria if you take additional opiates. It also creates a ceiling where more opiates will not have a positive effect.
Risks Associated with Suboxone
Like most medications, there are risks to taking Suboxone. Although all of the common short term side effect should be resolved within the first few weeks, there are some long term side effects that you need to consider before going on Suboxone maintenance.
Some of these risks involve serious long term addiction, as well as physical and financial damage.
Dependence and Addiction
Unfortunately, it is also very easy to become dependent on Suboxone when you are on Suboxone maintenance. Fortunately, a qualified treatment center can help you avoid this side effect. All you have to do is call 800-891-9360(Who Answers?).
According to Indivior Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of Suboxone, they do not know what the carcinogenic effect of Suboxone sublingual film is to humans. They do know that in rat test subjects it causes leydig cell tumors when taken in abnormally high doses.
When taken in regular daily doses there is no sign of these tumors. It was only when the rats were fed larger doses of the Suboxone that they developed cancers.
Sexual dysfunction and endocrine damage
Many sources report that Suboxone also causes sexual dysfunction. Although rats were tested with more than the recommended amount of Suboxone, there was still a significant decrease in fertility and an increase in sexual dysfunction.
In recent tests, many people who abused Suboxone, suffered from endocrine dysfunction and damage. This is the reason why doctors warn that taking Suboxone while on estrogen or testosterone replacement medications is potentially dangerous. Suboxone causes:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Low testosterone
- Early menopause
- Decreased libido
- Decreasing, light, or missed menstrual periods
- Ejaculation disorder
- Abnormal bleeding from the uterus
- Pregnancy disorders
These effects are sometimes resolved by stopping the Suboxone for several months.
The National Library of Medicine warns that you should consult a doctor or treatment center before taking Suboxone if you have a thyroid problem. This is because Suboxone may cause thyroid damage. Although this is not normally fatal, it can cause significant damage and thyroid impairment, particularly in those who have thyroid damage already.
Suboxone is processed in the liver. Over time it causes almost the same liver damage as alcohol does. This damage can lead to liver failure if not diagnosed and treated on time. Regular blood tests to monitor liver function are usually a requirement for treatment with Suboxone.
Although the exact cause of lung damage is unknown, Suboxone users report a significant increase in COPD and other pulmonary conditions. It is important to note that many of these Suboxone users have other risk factors for lung damage including smoking and snorting Suboxone and other dangerous drugs.
Suboxone can be cost prohibitive. It is far more expensive than other medications useful in treating opiate addiction. The long term financial damage of Suboxone maintenance treatment is significant. Fortunately, due to healthcare reform, many insurance companies now,, at least partially cover the cost of Suboxone maintenance.
Avoiding the Long Term Side Effects
The best way to avoid the Suboxone side effects long term is to find a treatment center that will help you. You can do this by calling 800-891-9360(Who Answers?). We can help.