If you have been prescribed suboxone, you may be wondering how long does suboxone last and what are the buprenorphine side effects. This is no big surprise given that buprenorphine is a derivative of an opium poppy alkaloid, and is used for such things as treating severe pain and helping people addicted to opioid drugs such as heroine to kick their habit.
When considering how long does suboxone last, you need to take into account your body weight. Most medications are given according to a dose that your doctor has determined will have the right effects based on your body size. What dose may suit your neighbor may not touch you and have no effect, but there again, it could be excessive and make you sick. Such calculations are essential before having your medication, but this does not guarantee that you will not get the side effects that this medication may provide. However, buprenorphine side effects are divided into two categories – regular and dangerous. The regular ones are common ones found with the medication. The dangerous ones are really extreme reactions that you should seek medical help with, in some cases by not waiting to call your doctor, but by seeking emergency medical attention. Let us have a look what they are. First the standard side effects:
- Withholding of urine
- Lowered libido
- Ejaculation issues
- Hypotension (orthostatic)
- Dry mouth
Now the dangerous ones, ones that are labeled according to the type of medical attention you will need to seek:
- Changing from the medication to opiate drugs or from opiate drugs to medication too rapidly, causing respiratory depression and potential death
- Overdoes due to the use of the medication and opiates or other drugs at the same time
- Overdose due to excessive amounts needed as pain killers
As you can see, buprenorphine side effects vary and can affect people in different ways. As to how long does suboxone last, this is again about your body weight and your body’s ability to transport this medication to your brain, though generally, regardless of the does your doctor gives you, twenty minutes is about the time it should take to start taking effect. Because the drug is derived from the same plant that produces morphine, heroine and other narcotic drugs, it is a very controlled medication that is only available with a prescription and usually administered under strict and controlled, or supervised conditions.
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