Suboxone is a well-known, prescription-only medication that efficiently overpowers cravings of the opioid and decreases the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Though Suboxone has aided thousands of persons struggling with addiction towards opioid, the medication is not deprived of its risks. Though critics shows some concerns over the longstanding risks of Suboxone, specifically dependency, there is also a more instant risk of Suboxone usage— the drug’s hazardous interactions with other substances.
How Suboxone Medicine Works
A combination of the medications naloxone and buprenorphine, Suboxone works to gratify the desire of the brain for opioids without offering the satisfying effects. Functioning as a partial opioid agonist, or weak opioid, the medication buprenorphine locks onto the opioid receptors of the brain, which eases withdrawal symptoms, reduces cravings, and stops other opioids from responding with the receptors of the brain.
Suboxone Medicine with Benzodiazepines (“Benzos”)
Benzodiazepines (Xanax, Klonopin, and Valium) are characteristically recommended to treat insomnia and alleviate anxiety. Categorized as depressant medications, benzodiazepines sedate the CNS, which decelerates heart rate, drops blood pressure, and reduces breathing. The buprenorphine inside Suboxone also act as a depressant medication. When consumed together, the effects of each of the drugs are both worsened, and the mixture can cause severe coordination lack, unconsciousness, reduced judgment, respiratory failure, and even demise.
Suboxone Medicine with Cocaine
By countering the effects of the other, mixing cocaine and Suboxone creates two hazardous effects for users. As a stimulant, or “upper,” cocaine has exposed to decrease the buprenorphine amount in the Suboxone bloodstream of user, which quickly may cause symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Combining Suboxone and cocaine also upsurges the cocaine overdose risk. As a depressant, Suboxone decreases the cocaine effects, giving the false users sense that their body can hold more cocaine — even when it cannot.
Suboxone Medicine with Alcohol
More like benzodiazepines, alcohol is also categorized as a depressant, affecting the central nervous system of the body. Because of its admiration and broad acceptance, alcohol might present the most threat to an unaware Suboxone consumer. When somebody begins Suboxone, she or he might not deliberate the dangers of drinking alcohol. Though, the mixture of Suboxone and alcohol can produce the same unsafe (and occasionally fatal) effects as combining Suboxone with benzodiazepines, which includes respiratory failure and unconsciousness.