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Can you be sedated while on Suboxone?

Yes, you can be sedated while on Suboxone.

Suboxone is an opioid medication and all opioid medications can cause some degree of sedation. Even though it is considered a “partial opioid agonist” as compared to full opioid agonists, it can still cause some sedation.

Sedation is much less common in patients who are “opioid experienced”, meaning their body has been exposed to opioids in the past. In patients who have been on heroin, methadone, oxycodone, Vicodin, or other full opioid products, Suboxone is less sedating.

However, for those who have never been on opioids prior (sometimes referred to as “opioid-naive” patients), Suboxone may cause more sedation because the body is not used to the effects of opioids.

Moreover, while Suboxone can cause sedation at first, the body quickly gets used to the effects and will experience less sedation after the first days to weeks of treatment.

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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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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