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How do you take Suboxone?

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Suboxone tablets are slowly dissolved under the tongue according to Drugs.com. Talking, smoking, eating or drinking should be avoided while the tablet is dissolving. The tablets should be taken at the same time each day and should not be swallowed, crushed, cut or chewed, according to Drugs.com.

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Suboxone treats opioid dependence by preventing withdrawal symptoms in someone who has stopped taking narcotics, states WebMD. It contains two drugs: buprenorphine and naloxone. The medication is used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for addiction.

Side effects of the medication include drowsiness, dizziness, headache and constipation, says WebMD. Constipation can be treated by eating a diet high in fiber, ensuring adequate hydration and increasing physical activity. Getting up slowly from a seated or reclined position can reduce complications from dizziness or lightheadedness, says Drugs.com.

Suboxone should not be stopped abruptly, as withdrawal symptoms may occur and are more likely when the drug is taken at high doses or over a long period of time, according to WebMD. The symptoms of withdrawal include anxiety, diarrhea, sweating, fever and a runny nose. Muscle spasms, nausea, pain, shivering and rapid heart rate can also occur during withdrawal from suboxone, says Drugs.com. A physician may choose to taper the drug to avoid withdrawal symptoms associated with discontinuation.

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