Does Suboxone Cause Weight Gain Or Weight Loss?

Medically Reviewed by Johnelle Smith, M.D. on July 14, 2021

Use of Suboxone for opioid addiction is not generally associated with major changes in weight. People recovering from opioid addiction may experience changes in weight due to changes in lifestyle, diet, or physical activity while receiving treatment.

Does Suboxone Affect Weight?

Suboxone is a prescription medication that is FDA-approved to treat opioid use disorder. This drug can have side effects that may contribute to changes in weight.

However, Suboxone is not generally associated with weight gain or loss.

People who are receiving treatment for opioid addiction may experience changes in weight due to lifestyle changes, changes in appetite, or other personal factors.

Learn more about the side effects of taking Suboxone for addiction treatment

Side Effects Of Suboxone On Weight

Suboxone is the brand name for a prescription medication that contains buprenorphine and naloxone. It is FDA-approved as a medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction.

While Suboxone isn’t known to have significant effects on weight, it can have side effects capable of contributing to either weight gain or weight loss, including:

  • water retention
  • bloating
  • constipation
  • nausea
  • insomnia
  • fatigue

The use of Suboxone by itself is not generally a cause of weight gain or weight loss during treatment for opioid addiction.

Generally, any changes in weight while taking Suboxone are more likely to occur due to changes in a person’s lifestyle or diet after seeking treatment for opioid addiction.

Effects Of Suboxone On Weight FAQs

Having questions about the side effects of Suboxone, including effects on weight, is common. Find answers to frequently asked questions about Suboxone and weight.

❓ Does Suboxone Cause Weight Loss?

✔️ Weight loss is not a commonly reported side effect of Suboxone. Suboxone may cause nausea, which can affect appetite, but use of the drug itself is not directly tied to weight loss.

❓ Does Suboxone Cause Weight Gain?

✔️ Weight gain is not commonly reported as a direct side effect of Suboxone.

Suboxone may cause constipation, increased retention of water, difficulty sleeping, and fatigue—all of which could potentially affect appetite and cause bloating or minor weight gain.

❓ What Can Cause Weight Gain While Taking Suboxone?

✔️ Side effects of Suboxone can contribute to weight gain while taking the medication. However, it’s more common for weight gain to occur as a result of seeking treatment for drug addiction.

Opioid abuse can cause people to lose or gain weight. During treatment, a person may experience changes in appetite or physical activity that can affect their weight.

Call Today To Find Suboxone Treatment For Opioid Addiction

Suboxone is a leading treatment for opioid addiction, which affects an estimated 1.6 million Americans and can be life-threatening if untreated.

For more information about Suboxone or to find Suboxone treatment near you, call our helpline today.

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