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What happens if someone takes suboxone at the same time as another opioid?

Because suboxone has a higher affinity for μ-opioid receptors, if you take suboxone at the same time as another opioid, it will stay bound to it. It’s a partial agonist, so when a full agonist comes in, it can’t knock the suboxone off. Therefore, the effects or rush you would expect to get from that narcotic doesn’t happen. Suboxone essentially blocks the effect of that narcotic. 

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