Side effects

Side EffectsSide effects of buprenorphine are few and well tolerated by most patients; they are usually most troublesome during the buprenorphine induction period. The most commonly reported side effects in order of prevalence include:

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Wiegand T, Simone K, Wall M. Toxicity, Buprenorphine/Naloxone. Medscape. 2010. Available at: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1641147-overview
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This form provides a list of possible symptoms that a patient may have during buprenorphine treatment, possible causes, and recommended management of the symptoms.
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Colleen LaBelle, RN/Boston Medical Center
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This provides prescribing information for Suboxone sublingual film and includes information on indications, dosing, contraindications, adverse reactions, drug interactions and use in specific populations.
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Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals
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Side Effect Management

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A table describing the management of side effects.
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Patient Handout: Buprenorphine or Naloxone Combination-What Does It Mean for You?

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This patient handout explains buprenorphine, its makeup, and how it works to treat withdrawal.

Buprenorphine/Naloxone Combination Film or Tablets -- What do They Mean for You?


Your physician has prescribed buprenorphine/naloxone combination tablets (generic or Zubsolv®*) or film (Suboxone®) for you. There are a few things you should know before you begin taking it.


What is buprenorphine?
Buprenorphine is a type of drug called an opioid, similar to heroin, methadone or Oxycontin®. Taking buprenorphine will prevent you from going into withdrawal and should stop you from craving other opioids.

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Common Side Effects of Buprenorphine

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Patient Handout

These Are The Common Side Effects of buprenorphine

Buprenorphine is safe to use for most patients. Some people do experience side effects, but most of buprenorphine's side effects are not dangerous --they're just unpleasant.

Common minor side effects include:
Nausea Sweating
Constipation Headache
Drowsiness Depression
Disturbed sleep

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Induction for Non-Physically Dependent Patients

This flow chart depicts clinical guidelines for Day 2 of induction for non-physically dependent patients. Guidelines are provided for whether agonist side effects emerge, whether side effects occur, and establishing a daily dose.

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Efectos secundarios comunes del Suboxone (Common Side Effects of Suboxone® (en Español))

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Describes the common side effects of Suboxone®.

Suboxone es seguro usar para la mayoría de pacientes. Algunas personas experimentan efectos
secundarios, pero la mayoría de los efectos secundarios no son peligrosos – simplemente son
desagradables.

Efectos secundarios menores incluyen:

La náusea
Dolor de la cabeza
Sudar
La somnolencia
El estreñimiento
La depresión
El sueño agitado

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Journal abstract that examines whether there's an association of ethnicity and race with treatment response to buprenorphine.
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Brown, et al., Department of Psychiatry, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
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