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Can you take gabapentin and Suboxone together?

Yes, you can take gabapentin and Suboxone together, but there are some risks. 

What is gabapentin?

Gabapentin is a pain medication, often used for conditions like neuropathic pain and occasionally for seizures. It is an alpha antagonist medication, meaning that it turns off alpha receptors in the body. 

Alpha receptors are stimulating, so turning them off can cause sedation and respiratory depression. At the same time, Suboxone can also cause some sedation. 

The risk associated with mixing gabapentin and Suboxone

In combination, multiple sedating medications increase the risk of respiratory suppression. Thus, it is quite dangerous to use non-prescribed gabapentin in conjunction with Suboxone. 

That being said, many patients who are on both of these medications at the same time are also under the supervision of a doctor. 

If you have a reason to use gabapentin and Suboxone together, this can be done safely, but should always be discussed before starting with a medical professional.

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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