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Review: Suboxone and Nuvigil





Summary: drug interactions are reported among people who take Suboxone and Nuvigil together.

This review analyzes the effectiveness and drug interactions between Suboxone and Nuvigil. It is created by eHealthMe based on reports of 36 people who take the same drugs from FDA and social media, and is updated regularly.

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What are the drugs

Suboxone has active ingredients of buprenorphine hydrochloride; naloxone hydrochloride. It is often used in opiate withdrawal. (latest outcomes from Suboxone 8,267 users)

Nuvigil has active ingredients of armodafinil. It is often used in narcolepsy. (latest outcomes from Nuvigil 4,396 users)

On Dec, 15, 2014: 36 people who take Suboxone, Nuvigil are studied

Suboxone, Nuvigil outcomes

Drug combinations in study:
- Suboxone (buprenorphine hydrochloride; naloxone hydrochloride)
- Nuvigil (armodafinil)

Drug effectiveness over time :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ yearsnot specified
Suboxone is effectiven/a100.00%
(2 of 2 people)
n/a100.00%
(4 of 4 people)
83.33%
(5 of 6 people)
n/an/an/a
Nuvigil is effective100.00%
(1 of 1 people)
66.67%
(2 of 3 people)
0.00%
(0 of 2 people)
66.67%
(2 of 3 people)
n/an/an/a100.00%
(1 of 1 people)

Most common drug interactions over time * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ yearsnot specified
n/aDepressionSuicide AttemptMood SwingsOrthostatic Hypotensionn/an/aDeath
Suicide AttemptDepressionSkin HyperpigmentationPupillary Reflex ImpairedDrug Ineffective
Orthostatic HypotensionHeart AttackDry MouthRash Generalised
ConstipationExhaustion, Fatigue, Lethargy, Tiredness, WearinessExhaustion, Fatigue, Lethargy, Tiredness, WearinessInsomnia
Weight Below NormalDry MouthMood SwingsLoss Of Consciousness
Loss Of AppetitePupillary Reflex ImpairedHead Injury
Acne AggravatedPulseConvulsion
Loss Of AppetiteDepression
Weight Below NormalEuphoric Mood
Acne AggravatedHeart Attack

Drug effectiveness by gender :

FemaleMale
Suboxone is effective100.00%
(5 of 5 people)
85.71%
(6 of 7 people)
Nuvigil is effective80.00%
(4 of 5 people)
40.00%
(2 of 5 people)

Most common drug interactions by gender * :

FemaleMale
Rash GeneralisedDeath
Head InjuryDrug Ineffective
Loss Of ConsciousnessInsomnia
ConvulsionMania
DepressionHaemorrhagic Diathesis
Loss Of AppetitePain
Acne AggravatedCompleted Suicide
Drug Exposure During PregnancyDepression
Weight Below NormalPsychomotor Hyperactivity
Euphoric MoodSomnolence

Drug effectiveness by age :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Suboxone is effectiven/an/an/a50.00%
(3 of 6 people)
42.86%
(6 of 14 people)
100.00%
(1 of 1 people)
50.00%
(1 of 2 people)
n/a
Nuvigil is effectiven/an/an/a33.33%
(2 of 6 people)
25.00%
(3 of 12 people)
100.00%
(1 of 1 people)
0.00%
(0 of 2 people)
n/a

Most common drug interactions by age * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
n/an/an/aPupillary Reflex ImpairedConvulsionCompleted SuicideDeathEuphoric Mood
Dry MouthHead InjuryWeight IncreasedDrug Ineffective
Exhaustion, Fatigue, Lethargy, Tiredness, WearinessLoss Of ConsciousnessAngioedemaDepression
Mood SwingsInsomniaStevens-johnson SyndromePain
Suicide AttemptSkin HyperpigmentationHaemorrhagic Diathesis
Drug Exposure During PregnancyOrthostatic Hypotension
Mania
Somnolence
Depression
Psychomotor Hyperactivity

* Some reports may have incomplete information.

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    is it safe to take suboxone with remeron because I am having a panic attack
  • Can nuvigil (vs adderall) be used simultaneously to help wean off 60mg/day of adderall? (1 answer)
    I have been on Adderall 30mg 2x daily for years!! I've had it lowered to 20mg, I've TRIED to go months without it (when not working) however I feel I've built up a tolerance level to the point that it's not as effective as it once was. My personal life has detoured WAY past anything an ADHD medication can possibly help as far as focusing on NEEDED tasks etc. I end up feeling wrapped up in what I'm doing at the moment that my anxiety increases due to all that I haven't been able to accomplish. I take various medications for various reasons, depression, anxiety, bulimia etc., and for the most part the doses have varied based on circumstances and current need at said time of prescription.. MY FAMILY HAS A HISTORY OF HEART DISEASE, And realizing that I'm already on the highest Adderall dosage scares me (and THEN as I think about it, it makes my heart race!). I've also noticed increased muscle spasms as well as extreme and intense pressure on my jaw (TMJ). MY QUESTION IS: does anyone have any experience LOWERING their Adderall dosage AND adding Nuvigil? The research I've done to date gives me impression that it could help balance out the more extreme effects of Adderall (60mg/day) but that the nuvigil would or could potentially help with the EXTREME exhaustion I feel as Adderall wears off. Some days I just crash, some days I sleep fine and others no matter how hard I tryyyy, I just CAN'T fall asleep, therefore making the next day worse! IDEALLY I'D LIKE TO BE MED FREE, right now I need them, but am hoping maybe I can speak with my doctor to lower Adderall and add Nuvigil to help wean me off the amphetamines as well as lower dosage intake. YES, a lot of the anxiety, sleeplessness and depression are related to current circumstances in my life, however, where I am is not where I want to be or where I'm headed.. Life is a journey, and all my meds have become a part of a journey I never thought I'd find myself taking. I don't want life/meds to define me, or create a me I no longer recognize, because scarily enough that seems to be a common pattern. As I overcome each and every daily obstacle, I also don't want to be "hooked" on my meds or needing "more" to wake up/sleep/function.. I'd like to work on finding a solution towards weaning off my meds NOW, and work my way off slowly, primarily the Adderall. I'm hoping by suggesting to my doctor and showing him my research he may agree (IF ITS EVEN A LOGICAL COMBO, CLEARLY IM NOT A DOCTOR) nuvigil could help me. I've already started taking less of my anti depressants, trazadone and xanax without discussing with doc because he is always busy.. My next appt I want to go in fully prepared with a plan and an overall goal to REDUCE my Adderall dose, but overall, I'm clueless!!! I have no idea what other meds other than nuvigil "could" potentially help if at all. I could be entirely wrong, Anyone with any experience using one vs other or both simultaneously, or anyone with constructive input, PLEASE COMMENT/SHARE!!
  • What side effects from nuvigil and cymbalta creating seretonin syndrome? (2 answers)
    My dr thinks that all the drugs I'm on are causing sedition syndrome. But I have t seen where a symptom was red flushed skin?
  • Have been on suboxone strips almost a year. i have just recently since yesterday got sick i have strep throat and my throat is really hurting and i can't even speak today. can i still take my strips? (1 answer)
    I just wonder if it will be ok today to go ahead and use my suboxone strips or will it do more damage than good? It's never bothered my throat before but my throat is so bad right now that I don't know if it will hurt or help? I'm supposed to take 2 8mg strips a day? Help!!!!???
  • Why are my medications making me look bloated (1 answer)
    In 2008 I started the Suboxone Program. I Started on 16mg since then, I have been up and down on my doses. I was put on this drug as a result of my addiction to to over the counter opiates. I was also prescribed Seroquel, I stopped taking the Seroquel it wasn't helping me in anyway and I gained so much weight. In 2012 I was diagnosed with Bipolar and my psychiatrist put me on 300Mg Effexor, 20Mg Olanzipane and 1000Mg of Valpro. After 10 months I was able to stop taking the Valpro and Olanzipane. No matter how much weight I lose, I always appear so puffy and bloated in the face, especially under my eyes, they look like I haven't slept for weeks. I have very low self esteem as it is, this is making me feel miserable. I should also mention, that i got down 1MG of the Suboxone, after various stresses I went right back up to 18Mg. I have finally started to turn a corner and I am now reducing my dose at the right pace. It would make me feel so much better if I knew if even one more person was having this experience. Any feedback would be so appreciated. I send this with love from Australia :)

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    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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