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Can Suboxone cause low blood sugar?

Generally, low blood sugar is NOT a side effect of buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone). Suboxone can cause symptoms that may feel like low blood sugar (e.g., cold sweat, cool pale skin, headache, fast heartbeat, weakness). However, this is very unusual, particularly in someone who does not have diabetes or other problems with blood sugar. If you have diabetes or a history of low blood sugar, it might be helpful to check your blood sugar at the time you feel these symptoms. If you are taking insulin or other treatment for diabetes, let your doctor know. However, many diabetic patients also take buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) without issue. 

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Lane McKenna has been a health and wellness writer for over 20 years. After graduating from Brown University (AB English), Lane spent over a decade on Wall Street West as a leading health services securities analyst. Opioid use disorder has long been one of her areas of expertise.

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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Lane McKenna

Lane McKenna has been a health and wellness writer for over 20 years. After graduating from Brown University (AB English), Lane spent over a decade on Wall Street West as a leading health services securities analyst. Opioid use disorder has long been one of her areas of expertise.

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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