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Can Suboxone help with alcohol withdrawal?

As reported in a recent study,  buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) may help with alcohol withdrawal—but it is not FDA-approved for this use. Many people with Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) can benefit from the four FDA-approved medications to treat this condition: acamprosate, disulfiram, and naltrexone. Naltrexone, an opioid antagonist, is now considered one of the most important pharmacotherapeutic options in helping treat alcohol use disorder. 

We discourage mixing Suboxone with alcohol, as the combination can increase the risk for sedation, difficulty breathing, overdose, and death.

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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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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