It is very important that you take your Suboxone dosage exactly the way your doctor has ordered you to. If you are unsure of how you should take it, ask your doctor or the pharmacist when you pick up your medication. Suboxone should be placed under your tongue so it can dissolve into your system. Generally speaking this will take no more then 10 minutes to happen.
Everyone has a different dosage and will therefore have different instructions on how to take that dosage. For example, if your doctor prescribes more than one tablet, you might have to put them all under your tongue at one time or do it one pill at a time. Whatever you do , never chew or swallow the tablet. It is not designed to work that way. If you want to get the full affects of the medication you must place it under your tongue so it can dissolve.
You should also never take more than what your doctor prescribed. That’s a dangerous game that you don’t want to play. And just like with any other drug, a patient can become dependent on Suboxone. So if you decide to stop taking it all of sudden, you can experience withdrawal symptoms. You might also experience withdrawal symptoms when you first start the treatment.
Suboxone should not be taken on an as needed basis. You should take it everyday just like your doctor prescribed And never stop taking Suboxone without first speaking to your doctor. Your doctor will probably opt to reduce your dosage on a gradual basis to limit your chances of withdrawal symptoms.
Be sure to drink plenty of water while taking Suboxone. And make sure you are eating a good, clean diet with plenty of fiber. This is so you can avoid becoming constipated. If you think you have overdosed on Suboxone call 911 immediately. Symptoms of a possible overdose include weakness, confusion, tiredness and small pupils just to name a few.
And last but not least, make sure you store the medication at room temperature. Keep the tablets and away from heat and moisture. This will ensure that they don’t get damaged in any way.
Once you have completely come off of the treatment, take the left over tablets and flush them down the toilet. Don’t keep them laying around the house. And never sell them or give them away. That would be breaking the law.