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Can Suboxone cause depression?

Suboxone is not considered to cause depression. However, the use of substances is often found in individuals with underlying mood disorders, including depression. This means that individuals may experience depression for reasons other than Suboxone. Suboxone is probably not the cause of any depressive symptoms a patient is experiencing. 

The life of patients who struggle with opioid use disorder (OUD) can be challenging, and many Suboxone patients do experience anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns. 

If you experience depression in the course of your treatment, you should always talk to your doctor. Concurrent administration of other medications, such as antidepressants, can safely be used along with Suboxone to help treat concurrent mood disorders. 

Elena Hill, MD, MPH

Elena Hill, MD; MPH received her MD and Masters of Public Health degrees at Tufts Medical School and completed her family medicine residency at Boston Medical Center. She is currently an attending physician at Bronxcare Health Systems in the Bronx, NY where she works as a primary care physician as well as part time in pain management and integrated health. Her clinical interests include underserved health care, chronic pain and integrated/alternative health.

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