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Is it safe to drink alcohol if I am taking Subutex?

You should not drink alcohol if you take Subutex (buprenorphine), a medicine that helps treat addiction to opioids, including heroin, morphine and other narcotic painkillers. Alcohol and Subutex are both central nervous system depressants; if you take them together, the combination can cause your breathing to get dangerously slow, causing serious problems or even death.

Before taking Subutex, be honest with your doctor and pharmacist about your use of alcohol. Also give your doctor and pharmacist a list of all your other medicines (prescription and nonprescription) and dietary and herbal supplements. Many different drugs and several supplements may interact with Subutex, potentially causing problems. Once you're on Subutex, do not take any new drug or supplement without checking with your doctor and pharmacist first.

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