Zubsolv may cause drowsiness in some people. While some may experience difficulty sleeping, such as insomnia, others will feel very sleepy.
Most of the time, sleepiness is a normal and non-life-threatening side effect of the medication. However, it can be a sign of a more serious condition resulting from using Zubsolv.
Why Does Zubsolv Make You Sleepy?
The two active ingredients in Zubsolv are buprenorphine and naloxone. Naloxone is not specifically linked to drowsiness, but buprenorphine is.
Other side effects of Zubsolv may also increase tiredness, including pain, nausea and vomiting, and other laboring effects.
Cautions For Zubsolv-Induced Drowsiness
There are a few things to keep in mind when considering the drowsy effects of Zubsolv.
Use Caution When Driving
The manufacturer of the medication advises against operating heavy machinery and vehicles when first starting Zubsolv treatment.
It may be fine to drive while using this medication, but it’s important to first determine how the medication affects your body.
Allow yourself time to use the medication for a few days or weeks to see how it affects you. If you usually feel sleepy when using Zubsolv, do not drive or operate heavy machinery.
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Drowsiness May Cause More Accidents
Because Zubsolv can make a person much more drowsy than they’re used to, they may be more prone to falls and accidents.
More serious accidents may occur if a person is not paying attention to their level of drowsiness.
Sleepiness May Be A Sign Of A Life-Threatening Reaction
While sleepiness can be a harmless side effect of Zubsolv, it may be an indication that the medication is causing a severe negative reaction.
The following are signs of serious and life-threatening complications:
- feeling sleepy or uncoordinated
- feeling faint
- blurred vision
- feeling dizzy
- slurred speech
- slow or labored breathing
- inability to think clearly
If you’re feeling extremely drowsy while using Zubsolv, be aware of the above side effects. Call your doctor and seek emergency help right away if you notice any of those symptoms.
Mixing Alcohol And Zubsolv May Increase Drowsiness
Mixing alcohol and Zubsolv can be very dangerous. When buprenorphine is combined with central nervous system (CNS) depressants, there can be very severe consequences.
Combining these substances may result in:
- extreme drowsiness
- respiratory depression
- heavy sedation
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