Review: taking Suboxone and Alcohol together
Summary: drug interactions are reported among people who take Suboxone and Alcohol together.
This review analyzes the effectiveness and drug interactions between Suboxone and Alcohol. It is created by eHealthMe based on reports of 84 people who take the same drugs from FDA and social media, and is updated regularly.
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Suboxone has active ingredients of buprenorphine hydrochloride; naloxone hydrochloride. It is often used in opiate withdrawal. (latest outcomes from 8,295 Suboxone users) Alcohol has active ingredients of alcohol. It is often used in stress and anxiety. (latest outcomes from 5,731 Alcohol users)
What are the drugs
Suboxone has active ingredients of buprenorphine hydrochloride; naloxone hydrochloride. It is often used in opiate withdrawal. (latest outcomes from 8,295 Suboxone users)
Alcohol has active ingredients of alcohol. It is often used in stress and anxiety. (latest outcomes from 5,731 Alcohol users)
On Mar, 1, 2015: 84 people who take Suboxone, Alcohol are studied
Drug combinations in study:
- Suboxone (buprenorphine hydrochloride; naloxone hydrochloride)
- Alcohol (alcohol)
Drug effectiveness over time :
|< 1 month||1 - 6 months||6 - 12 months||1 - 2 years||2 - 5 years||5 - 10 years||10+ years||not specified|
|Suboxone is effective||n/a||n/a||n/a||0.00%|
(0 of 1 people)
(1 of 1 people)
|Alcohol is effective||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||100.00%|
(1 of 1 people)
Drug effectiveness by gender :
|Suboxone is effective||n/a||50.00% |
(1 of 2 people)
|Alcohol is effective||n/a||100.00% |
(1 of 1 people)
Drug effectiveness by age :
|Suboxone is effective||n/a||n/a||n/a||25.00%|
(1 of 4 people)
|Alcohol is effective||n/a||n/a||n/a||33.33%|
(1 of 3 people)
Most common drug interactions over time * :
|< 1 month||1 - 6 months||6 - 12 months||1 - 2 years||2 - 5 years||5 - 10 years||10+ years||not specified|
|Convulsion||n/a||Drug Exposure During Pregnancy||Pain||Hepatic Cirrhosis||n/a||Male Sexual Dysfunction||Loss Of Consciousness|
|Loss Of Consciousness||Loss Of Consciousness||Hepatic Enzyme Abnormal||Hepatic Neoplasm Malignant||Mouth Breathing||Overdose|
|Head Injury||Convulsion||Peyronie's Disease||Encephalopathy||Dizziness Postural||Depression|
|Drug Exposure During Pregnancy||Head Injury||Stress||Diabetes Mellitus||Anxiety|
|Unresponsive To Stimuli||Completed Suicide||Gait Disturbance||Aneurysm||Convulsion|
|Accidental Overdose||Local Swelling||Hordeolum||Headache||Insomnia|
|Drug Abuse||Muscle Injury||Rash||Substance Abuse|
|Drug Withdrawal Syndrome||Drug Withdrawal Syndrome||Male Sexual Dysfunction||Road Traffic Accident|
|Adverse Drug Reaction||Oedema Peripheral||Headache||Somnolence|
Most common drug interactions by gender * :
|Loss Of Consciousness||Depression|
|Malaise||Loss Of Consciousness|
|Insomnia||Drug Withdrawal Syndrome|
|Drug Exposure During Pregnancy||Depressed Mood|
Most common drug interactions by age * :
|n/a||n/a||Substance Abuse||Depression||Loss Of Consciousness||Somnolence||Malaise||n/a|
|Loss Of Consciousness||Convulsion||Anxiety||Overdose||Pain|
|Drug Toxicity||Completed Suicide||Headache||Apathy||Alcohol Problem|
|Death||Loss Of Consciousness||Depressed Mood||Malaise||Abdominal Discomfort|
|Drug Withdrawal Syndrome||Head Injury||Depression||Insomnia|
|Accidental Overdose||Arthralgia||Stress||Loss Of Consciousness|
|Panic Attack||Back Pain||Suicidal Ideation||Head Injury|
|Insomnia||Pain In Extremity||Confusional State||Memory Impairment|
* Some reports may have incomplete information.
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- Pacemaker experience
I had a pacemaker installed about 5 weeks ago. I went to the doctors because I was feeling fatigue, shortness of breath, I felt as if someone was holding my heart in their hand and I had some confusion and dizziness.
To get to the point, after my first visit with my PCP I decided to go directly to emergency via 911 since my PCP was basically ignoring, or better put, had no sense of urgency regarding how I was feeling even though she knew my heart rate had dropped and was steady at 44 bpm, my normal rate 62 bpm.
The night I was in observation at the hospital I dropped to 20 bpm, next day I had a pacemaker installed, had I not taken the initiative to call the hospital I don't know if I would have continued dropping until I was dead, I don't know enough about the science behind this to draw that conclusion but common sense tells me yes.
I have explained this in another post but I cannot find it, not sure what I am doing wrong, so I am writing another post because I have more to add after a couple of weeks since my last post.
The issue I have is I am still tired after more than a month after the installation of the pacemaker. I had the bpm (beats per minute) on my pacemaker increased from 60, the factory settings, to somewhere in the mid 60's.......so I thought. I went to the hospital twice to have my pacemaker "tweaked" but when I met with the cardiologist for my "one week" follow up, which took almost three weeks to see him due to his heavy schedule, he told me there were never any changes made to my pacemaker, I was still at 60 bpm. How could this be since I was told twice it had been increased? I had the wand on my chest and the nurse made the changes which were made due to my complaining about being exhausted still, the reason I went to the PCP in the first place five weeks ago.
Was she playing mind games, thinking the power of suggestion would make me feel better? If so I am disgusted to think she would feel I was faking my feelings of exhaustion, what she did had absolutely no effect on how poorly I was feeling.
To get to the point, I finally had my first meeting with the surgeon, he raised my bpm to 75 from 60, was going to go to 80 but changed his mind. The moment he made the change to 75 bpm from my original 60 he asked if I was feeling better, feeling better after 60 seconds of changing the bpm, how is that possible? I told him no, kind of too soon to tell. His reply was "it looks like we have done everything we can on our end, your heart was not significantly damaged, your pacemaker is working as it should, therefore there must be something else making you feel so poorly so I suggest you see an internal medicine specialist." My brain had a big WHAT sign flashing, I couldn't believe what he was saying, basically beat it and move on, I don't have the time to deal with you anymore. Lets see, the appointment lasted 25 minutes and he does not have the time to work with me anymore, sorry but that irritates the hell out of me.
He was washing his hands of me, nothing else he could do so spend time and money finding out what the problem is with an internest, it is not my heart according to the cardiologist. The appointment ended and I left wondering how I was going to find out what is causing my issues.
To my great fortune a nurse with 20 years experience teaching doctors and nurses how to use the pacemaker computer asked me to come into her office after my appointment with the cardiologist, she asked me this prior to seeing the doctor. Thank God she did as the doctor did not do a thorough job adjusting the pacemaker, she adjusted what the doctor had, tweaked the pacemaker a bit, had me walk for 10 minutes and come back to the office and did a bit more tweaking, I slowly started feeling a touch better. She asked me to come back in two weeks and she would see if the pacemaker needed to be tweaked a bit more. I was walking on air, still not close to my "normal", thrilled I was not just a number being tossed in the heap of unfixed people. I am feeling 70% better than how I felt prior to the doctor and her tweaking the pacemaker. Had she not been there that day and had the opportunity to do this I would be on a never ending search for what is making me feel so exhausted and!
There is a moral to this which I will let you draw your own conclusion. In my mind it is trust God will intervene, he certainly did when the nurse asked me to see her after the appointment with the surgeon. The reason I feel this way is because she was there and is only there on Fridays, the day I had my appointment. I never would have gone back again after my meeting with the doctor and I would have been spending needless hours and money looking through the wrong box for what ales me. Now it is obvious it was my pacemaker settings, my heart rate was set too low and the pacemaker was not fine tuned properly with the proper slope and other settings.
Don't let these doctors do what mine tried doing with me, be aggressive and insist on more adjustments if you have issues similar to mine.
AS I sit here I am still tired, I could easily take a nap but I am better than I was yesterday, significantly.
Best of luck to all. Your comments will be very much appreciated.
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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.
paco on Feb, 4, 2013:
Are you dead yet?
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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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