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Will I be able to function on Suboxone?

All medications have potential side effects, and the same is true for buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone). Fortunately, buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) side effects are not common and tend to be mild. Common Suboxone effects include nausea, headache, dizziness, fatigue, insomnia, excessive sweating, and stomach cramps, among others. 

As with any new medication, we recommend patients refrain from driving or engaging in other potentially hazardous activities until they know how their bodies will react to buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone). Otherwise, the use of buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) as prescribed causes no activity limitations.


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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