Suboxone is a brand-name prescription drug. It’s used to treat dependence on opioid drugs. It comes as an oral film that’s placed under your tongue (sublingual) or between your gums and cheek (buccal).
Suboxone is also available in a generic version. The generic version comes in two forms: an oral film and an oral tablet. Both the film and the tablet are sublingual forms, which means you place them under your tongue to dissolve. The film can also be placed between your gums and cheek to dissolve (buccal).
Breathing problems and coma
Taking high doses of Suboxone can cause severe breathing problems, coma, and death.
These effects are more likely to occur when Suboxone is misused or abused. They’re also more likely when Suboxone is used together with other drugs such as opioids, alcohol, or benzodiazepines (such as Ativan, Valium, or Xanax).
Breathing problems are also more likely to occur in people who already have a breathing problem, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Some people who take opioids such as Suboxone for several weeks can have reduced cortisol hormone levels.Symptoms can include:
- loss of appetite
- fatigue and weakness
- low blood pressure