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Does Suboxone make you high?

Suboxone can cause a mild high in patients who have not been on opioids before. It is less common in patients who have been using either opioid pills or heroin/fentanyl prior. 

Suboxone ceiling effect 

The reason why Suboxone is comparatively so safe is that it has a “ceiling effect" in which a patient cannot get too “high” by using it. The ceiling effect means that, unlike pure opioids, the euphoric effects of Suboxone will level off after a certain dose. This makes it hard to overdose or get “too high” on Suboxone, unlike other opioid medications. 

That being said, individuals are able to get a “high" feeling from Suboxone if they have never used it before, which is why it does sometimes have “street value”, meaning people will sell their Suboxone to others who use it to get some euphoric effects. It is important that Suboxone only be taken by the person to whom it was prescribed. 

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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