Healthy people taking Suboxone properly should not have increased risk of liver toxicity. But if you have an underlying disease of your liver, you may need extra monitoring.
Your liver processes toxins from your bloodstream. Medications, including Suboxone, pass through the liver before entering your body. If you've harmed your liver in the past, it may have trouble processing medications, including Suboxone.
While it is not generally necessary to check your liver function before starting Suboxone, you should let your doctor know if you have any known liver disease in the past. Even if you have liver disease, you can usually still take Suboxone safely.
Not generally, no. Suboxone is a powerful medication, and your liver must work properly to process it, just like any other medication.
Sometimes, that work is hard on your liver cells. If you've already damaged your liver through infection or injury, you might need additional monitoring, usually in the form of blood work or imaging. [1-3]
It is possible for many different medications, in rare circumstances, to cause liver injury, including Suboxone. However, Suboxone is not generally associated with liver injury and is safe to use in most patients even with liver disease.
Yes, generally you can take Suboxone if you have underlying liver disease. However, you should always let your doctor know about all of your medications and medical conditions prior to starting Suboxone therapy.