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How does Suboxone interact with alcohol?

Patients are discouraged from mixing buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) with alcohol. Alcohol acts as a depressant, thereby depressing the body’s central nervous system. When buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) and alcohol are mixed together, there is increased risk for sedation, difficulty breathing, overdose, and death.

Rebekah L. Rollston, MD, MPH

Dr. Rollston is a Family Medicine Physician at Cambridge Health Alliance, Affiliate Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Primary Care Blog, and Founder of Doctors For A Healthy US, LLC. She earned her Medical Degree from East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine and her Master of Public Health from The George Washington University. Her professional interests focus on social influencers of health & health disparities, addiction medicine, sexual & reproductive health, homelessness & supportive housing, and rural health.

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