Suboxone Withdrawal Symptoms

Suboxone withdrawal symptoms are real and can be intense. As this wonder drug is often prescribed to patients without full disclosure, many people find an unwelcome surprise (shock) when they try to stop taking this opiate derivative. By remembering that life without suboxone and its side effects is very possible, patients have hope.

Only by understanding how many innocent people got addicted to this drug can one fully comprehend the unhappy realities that must be faced. Suboxone was approved by the FDA for treatment of chronic pain and is used to help drug addicts break their “habit.” This drug is widely prescribed especially in rehabilitation centers frequently without the patients’ informed consent that they are replacing pain or other drug use with another addictive chemical.

Often these unaware drug addicts suffer side effects while taking the drugs and withdrawals when they stop. Common side effects can be constipation, nausea, headaches, drowsiness, mood changes and weakness and allergies. Trouble breathing, rash, swelling and itching are signs of allergic reactions.

After dealing with the side effects, patients are ready to tackle suboxone withdrawal symptoms. These are not pleasant. The yawning can be mild and inconvenient while long-lasting insomnia creates real problems. Symptoms of having a cold or flu show the body’s self-regulating temperature gauge fluctuates creating cold spells where the patient wraps him or herself in blankets followed by periods of sweating and goosebump skin. The feeling of wanting to vomit or vomiting is common followed by dehydration and bouts of diarrhea. Restlessness of legs and muscles cramping are common complaints. Emotional issues include depression, anxiety and thoughts of suicide.

These physical symptoms of withdrawal can last a couple weeks or six months and longer. The longer the patients take suboxone, the longer the withdrawal process is. Treatment for short-term, low dose usage is simpler while patients taking a higher dose for a long period of time are gradually weaned off the product. For weeks and months they take substantially lower doses until their physician feels that they are ready to stop the drug altogether.

Trusted as a wonder drug to treat pain and drug addiction, many people take suboxone without understanding the side effects or its addictive qualities. To regain control of their life and eliminate this powerful opiate drug, patients encounter suboxone withdrawal symptoms. The symptoms include nausea, insomnia and depression and range from mild to severe depending on amount of drug and time of use.