Suboxone is a medication used as part of a treatment program for opioid use disorder (OUD). This medication contains a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone, which work together to keep cravings and withdrawal symptoms under control. When accessing Suboxone treatment from a qualified provider, you may experience some side effects, such as constipation. If the Suboxone side effects are severe or make it challenging to stay consistent with your treatment, you should contact your provider for guidance.
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Does Suboxone Cause Constipation?
Suboxone treatment can cause constipation in some individuals. The Suboxone composition of buprenorphine, a partial opioid agonist, and naloxone, an opioid antagonist, can cause changes in the body that affect bowel regularity.
How does Suboxone cause constipation? The buprenorphine in Suboxone binds to the same brain receptors that opioid drugs like morphine or oxycodone would. Suboxone creates a mild euphoria because of its ceiling effect due to the combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. However, these opioid receptors are also correlated with central nervous system depression.
Central nervous system depressants slow down bodily functions, such as breathing, reaction time, and bowel contractions. When bowel contractions slow down, the result is constipation, characterized by infrequent or difficult bowel movements, including hard stools that are difficult to pass.
Any opioid drug or medications like Suboxone that contain opioids can impact the body in this way. If you experience constipation or other Suboxone side effects from your treatment, call your provider for advice on managing your symptoms.