Suboxone And Xanax – Understanding The Consequences [SIMPLE ANSWERS]

If you are currently taking Suboxone, you should never self-medicate with Xanax.

Many hardcore drug users will tend to mix opiates and benzodiazepines, so they can achieve a bigger “high”.

It is crucial to never mix these very powerful medications because it is very risky behavior.

Harmful Side Effects

Suboxone taken alone, without the interference of other drugs can cause innumerable side effects.

Most of these side effects are harmless, but if you choose to mix it with Xanax, the side effects can become very severe.

  • Dry cough
  • Flushed face or generalized heat sensation
  • Fever/chills
  • Vertigo (dizziness)
  • Faintness
  • Headache
  • Increase perspiration
  • Difficulty urination
  • Lower or flank pain
  • Drowsiness

A benzodiazepine such as Xanax also causes a wide range of side effects including drowsiness, dry oral and nasal cavities, decreased appetite, and alterations in the menstrual cycle.

Increased Effects

Suboxone is prescribed to treat opiate addiction and to combat the horrendous withdrawal symptoms, but some individuals will misuse the drug.

Not only will they alter the dose, by increasing it or crushing the tablet, but they will tend to mix it with other highly addictive drugs.

This not only increases the euphoria and side effects, but it also increases the risk of respiratory suppression, cardiac failure, and death.


If you are being treated with a Suboxone maintenance dose, you should never add any type of drug to your daily regimen.

Speak with your pharmacist or primary care physician, before taking Xanax. While Xanax is highly effective in treating panic and anxiety disorders, your physician may want to prescribe you anti-anxiety medication that is not contraindicated with Suboxone.

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David Warren is a pharmaceutical specialist that dispenses prescription medication on a daily basis. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from the University of Tennessee in 1991. With over 50 publications on medication-related and pharmacy topics, David has been able to share his experiences and knowledge with others. David with lots of experience and knowledge in medications that are utilized to treat a wide range of medical conditions. Before David dispenses a medication to a patient, he will go over the side effects, dosage recommendation and contraindications.


  1. Actually I felt tough to feel comfortable without taking suboxone medicine because I have opioid issues. However I am already taking a xanax to avoid many stress and anxiety and fear issues. I know these two drugs interaction is a dangerous option but I look for a very good alternative to get rid from both opioid and other anxiety problems. Anybody can help me to get cured from all the problems of I have.

  2. I have a long term opioid issue so I couldn’t feel normal so I consulted with professional and took a medicine of suboxone. Regularly I have been taking xanax to avoid depression and anxiety problems as I realized the feedback of taking these medicines together.

  3. I was taking suboxone to get rid from addictive issues and eventually I was taking xanax regularly to avoid anxiety disorder. Initially I didn’t know that two drugs are dangerous but I realized some side effects like dizziness, confusion, respiratory, light headedness and other drowsiness problems. I felt more difficult with those side effects so I wanted to get perfect treatment to avoid effects of taking xanax and suboxone together. I was in the need of getting a better help from experienced doctor to avoid the unnecessary side effects well effectively and quickly. Today, I can really feel better and more comfortable.

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