If you have decided to use Suboxone to help you break free from opiate abuse or addiction, but are still planning to use alcohol – it’s important to know that mixing Suboxone and alcohol is not a good idea and can result in some dangerous side effects. Our Suboxone detox program can help you overcome this substance abuse in your life. Suboxone is a medication that is used in the treatment of opiate abuse and addiction. The active ingredient is buprenorphine. Unlike other prescription painkillers, such as OxyContin or Heroin, Suboxone is a partial opiate and works to block the effects of other opiates. The use of alcohol and Suboxone together can be a deadly combination. Suboxone has a half life of between 24 to 60 hours, which means that it can continue to control opioid cravings up to 60 hours. Half-life indicates that after you take Suboxone, about 24 to 30 hours later half the active amount will be eliminated; however, half the drug will still remain in the body until the second half-life is eliminated. The results will differ between individuals.
The Effects of Suboxone and Alcohol
Alcohol acts as a central nervous system (CNS) depressant, as is Suboxone. On its own, the most common side effects of Suboxone are a euphoric sensation in addition to slowing respiration and inducing sedation. When mixing alcohol and Suboxone, the alcohol can actually increase the side effects. Therefore, this can lead to dizziness, drowsiness, respiratory distress, slowed heart rate, loss of consciousness, seizures, coma and death.
Suboxone Overdose and Suboxone Poisoning
Moreover, mixing Suboxone and alcohol can also increase risk of tolerance and dependence. This means that the body will require progressively increased amounts of Suboxone. Since this is a long-acting drug, increasing the amount used also puts the individual at risk for drug overdose. Misusing Suboxone, such as injecting or snorting it can result in overdose. Furthermore, it can also lead to poisoning.
Getting Help for Alcohol and Suboxone Abuse
Plainly put, it is never a good idea to mix Suboxone and alcohol. Each increases the effects of the other and the results can be deadly. If you are struggling with opiate and alcohol abuse or addiction and are thinking about using Suboxone, you should talk to your doctor about your alcohol use before you start taking Suboxone. Most doctors recommend an inpatient medical detox treatment for patients who want to stop using opiates and alcohol. Medical detox treatment that uses IV therapy will work to control, and in many cases eliminate, opiate and alcohol withdrawal symptoms; making it possible to successfully complete the detox treatment for alcohol and Suboxone. For more information about our programs, call us now at 888-228-9114.