Advertisement

Can I use Subutex if I am taking nefazodone?

If you are taking the antidepressant drug nefazodone, talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking Subutex (buprenorphine), a medicine that helps treat addiction to opioid drugs, including heroin, morphine and other narcotic painkillers. Nefazodone may interact with Subutex in ways that are dangerous, partly because both drugs work by suppressing the central nervous system. Nefazodone may also raise your blood levels of Subutex. This can increase your risk for serious side effects, including excessive sleepiness, trouble breathing, overdose and death. If you must take both drugs, your doctor will most likely put you on low doses and monitor you closely for side effects.

Nefazodone is one of many drugs that may interact with Subutex. Before starting treatment with Subutex, give your doctor and pharmacist a list of all your other medicines (prescription and nonprescription) and herbal and dietary supplements. Once you're on Subutex, do not take any new drug or supplement without checking with your doctor and pharmacist first.

Continue Learning about Opiate Agonists

What should I tell my doctor before taking an opioid medication?
Dr. Travis M. Hendry, MDDr. Travis M. Hendry, MD
Before you start taking an opioid medication, talk to your doctor and pharmacist. Follow these tips:...
More Answers
How does tramadol treat fibromyalgia?
Donna Hill Howes, RNDonna Hill Howes, RN
Tramadol (Conzip, Ultram) is a weak narcotic pain medication. It is sometimes prescribed for people ...
More Answers
Can I use tramadol if I have a history of diabetes?
Stacy Wiegman, PharmDStacy Wiegman, PharmD
Tramadol belongs to a class of drugs called opioid analgesics, which doctors prescribe for the treat...
More Answers
How will my doctor ensure I don’t become addicted to opioid medication?
UCLA HealthUCLA Health
There is no clear way to ensure that you won’t become addicted to opioids if you are taking them for...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.