Buprenorphine is a medication used to treat opioid addiction by stimulating receptors in the brain that work to satisfy cravings. This action occurs in the body’s central nervous system (CNS), the primary source for regulating physical movement and sensations. Drowsiness can be a result of this interaction.
Why Does Buprenorphine Affect Sleep?
Buprenorphine has a depressant effect on the central nervous system by encouraging your brain to produce more of the neurotransmitter GABA. GABA works to slow brain activity and cause feelings of relaxation. This effect can initiate sedative symptoms such as:
- Drowsiness and fatigue
- Weakness of muscles
- Decreased heart rate
- Slower breathing
- Decreased blood pressure
- Slower reaction times
How Long Will This Last?
Sleepiness is common in the early days of medication-assisted treatment with buprenorphine. For this reason, it is recommended to avoid driving or operating heavy machinery until you know how your body reacts to the medication.
If the drowsiness persists and interferes with your routines, consider talking to your doctor about how you can combat tiredness while taking this medication.
Is Buprenorphine Safe?
Buprenorphine is a safe and effective option to treat opioid addictions when prescribed by a doctor in a controlled environment. The overall benefits of buprenorphine outweigh the possible side effects for many people. Buprenorphine can help:
- Reduce opioid cravings: This medication lessens cravings by acting like an opioid in the body. This effect can help you focus on other areas of recovery, such as addressing the underlying reasons you’ve taken opioids.
- Treat opioid withdrawals: Experiencing withdrawals is standard when stopping opioids. Buprenorphine can prevent withdrawal symptoms, helping you have a better recovery experience.
- Reduce the risk of opioid overdose: Experiencing withdrawal can quickly make someone revert to old habits. Buprenorphine targets the opioid receptors in the brain in a controlled way without causing euphoria.
- Help support opioid addiction recovery: Buprenorphine paired with trusted counseling services can aid your recovery journey. This medication can be taken as long as needed to prevent relapse.
Contact MedMark Treatment Centers
If you or a loved one have an opioid addiction, let MedMark be your source of support. The Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) recognizes our commitment to quality health care. We offer compassionate, proven care throughout the United States, and you can visit our location page to find a treatment center near you. Contact us today to ask questions about buprenorphine and sleep or begin your recovery journey.