Does Suboxone change your personality?
How long do the effects of Suboxone last? Can you overdose on Suboxone? Will using Suboxone get me high? These are just some of the questions that you might have after hearing about Suboxone and Subutex, but don’t worry. The following guide will answer all of your questions about this unique drug, from how it works to what the side effects are and more!
Suboxone contains buprenorphine, which is an opioid. It is not quite as potent as other opioids, so it doesn't really change you in any meaningful way. Buprenorphine is also long-acting, meaning that after taking it for a few weeks, its effects will last around 24 hours; in other words, you won't have to keep taking it every day to stay pain-free or off of harder drugs like heroin. Taking buprenorphine (and especially naloxone) can be very effective at treating opioid addiction (although for safety reasons buprenorphine should never be used alone; only in combination with naloxone). Opioid addiction and suboxone itself does not cause changes in one's personality.
To quote a recent study in Biochemical Pharmacology: The in vivo effects of buprenorphine, a partial μ-opioid receptor agonist with high affinity for δ- and ɛ-receptors, on nociception were compared with those of full μ agonists using tests with female Swiss mice. In single doses, buprenorphine produced analgesia which was significantly less potent than that induced by morphine or oxycodone. So, yes, buprenorphine may be an effective opioid painkiller, but no—it doesn't produce euphoria. This means it doesn't tend to alter moods or personalities. It's not a substitute for opioids like methadone is.