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Review: Suboxone and Alcohol

This review analyzes the effectiveness and drug interactions between Suboxone and Alcohol. It is created by eHealthMe based on 82 people who take the drugs. The review uses reports from FDA and social media, and is updated regularly.

On Apr, 2, 2014: 82 people who reported to have interactions when taking Suboxone, Alcohol are studied

Trend of Suboxone, Alcohol's drug interactions, side effects and effectiveness reports (4923471)

Drug combinations in study:
- Suboxone (buprenorphine hydrochloride; naloxone hydrochloride)
- Alcohol (alcohol)

eHealthMe real world results:

Most common interactions experienced by people in the use of Suboxone, Alcohol:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
InteractionNumber of reports
Loss Of Consciousness58
Substance Abuse51
Alcohol Use (problems with alcohol)41
Somnolence (a state of near-sleep, a strong desire for sleep)37
Road Traffic Accident24
Convulsion (muscles contract and relax rapidly and repeatedly, resulting in an uncontrolled shaking of the body)22
Insomnia (sleeplessness)22

Most common interactions experienced by people in long term use of Suboxone, Alcohol:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
InteractionNumber of reports
Peyronie's Disease (bent penis)6
Diabetes Mellitus (diabetes, caused by a deficiency of the pancreatic hormone insulin)6
Headache (pain in head)6
Aneurysm (enlargement of an artery caused by a weakening of the artery wall)4
Gait Disturbance4
Encephalopathy (functioning of the brain is affected by some agent or condition)4
Hepatic Enzyme Abnormal4
Hepatic Cirrhosis (chronic liver disease characterized by replacement of liver tissue by fibrosis, scar tissue)4

How effective are the drugs:

not at allsomewhatmoderatehighvery high

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Drug dependence
  2. Depression
  3. Insomnia
  4. Alcohol abuse
  5. Thyroid disorder

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Synthroid
  2. Klonopin
  3. Ambien
  4. Celexa
  5. Subutex

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

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On eHealthMe, Suboxone (buprenorphine hydrochloride; naloxone hydrochloride) is often used to treat opiate withdrawal. Alcohol (alcohol) is often used to treat stress and anxiety. Find out below the conditions the drugs are used for, how effective they are, and any alternative drugs that you can use to treat those same conditions.

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Other drugs that are used to treat the same conditions:

Comments from related studies:

  • From this study (1 year ago):

  • Worried about possible stroke. Or sudden death in sleep.


    sheri on Feb, 11, 2013:

    i am 50 yr old female and had a stroke 3 weeks ago . i have been on suboxon for 1 yr. . my blood pressure has always been on the low side, although i do smoke, but was wondering myself if maybe it was the suboxon im on that caused the stroe. im very lucky to be alive, have to use a walker and cannot swallow with out useing thickets. i worry every day about what caused this, im in pretty good shape and was pretty healthy other then having to use suboxon for my addiction of perks. cant find any answers out here. even drs today are not educated enough on this drug.


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