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Why do my other providers need to know I’m taking Suboxone?

It’s important for your healthcare providers to have a full understanding of your health in order to provide you the most appropriate medical treatment—this includes knowing your full list of medications, including buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone). 

All medications have potential side effects and interactions with other medications, so it’s important for your providers to consider potential medication interactions with buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone), though, generally speaking, there are very minimal interactions with Buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone). Overall, Buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) is considered a very safe and effective medication for the treatment of opioid dependence and addiction.

Letting your providers know that you are taking Buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone), which is an evidence-based medication for addiction treatment (MAT), also lets them know that you are actively invested in your recovery.

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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