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Is Suboxone safe for diabetic patients?

If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, you can be treated safely with buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) in most cases. No significant adverse interactions have been reported when taking Suboxone concurrently with insulin or other diabetes management medications. The one exception is diabetics who have developed severe complications such as kidney or liver failure. These should be closely monitored by their physician when on Suboxone.

Clinical research actually suggests that treating opioid use disorder with buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) may have an unintended positive effect on sugar levels in certain patients.

Medically Reviewed By 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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