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Suboxone is making my blood sugar super high
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KaraBoulay33 posted:
I am a type 1 diabetic on insulin and have been put on Suboxone. Since I started suboxone, my blood sugars have been ranging from 300 to 700!! Before suboxone, my blood sugars were higher, but not like this. I have also put on 25lbs. Does anyone know why this is happening or has this happened to you? Any responses would be appreciated!
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mrscora01 responded:
I've never been on this drug, but many meds can cause high blood sugars. Especially the ones that end in "one" like prenisone. I would take it systematically and gradually increase your basal rate (for starters). Once that is better, check your ratios as they may have changed also. Talk to the doc who prescribed it too. If you have become insulin resistant and you have to be on this drug for a while, they may want to put you on something like metformin (some T1s do take it for this) to help too.

Are you on a basal/bolus regime. Do you know your insulin to carb ratio and insulin sensitivity factor? Have you been doing some fasting to check your basal rate? These are all things you will need to know in order to make adjustments to combat the highs.

Best of luck.

Cora
T1 1966, Dialysis 2001, kidney transplant and pump 2002, pancreas transplant 2008
 
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anitavaughn1960 responded:
hi. i've been on suboxone for 20 months - am on it for chronic pain for life, or until something better comes along, lol. but i, too, have gained 25 lbs, and for the 1st time in my life my last 2 labs have put me in the 'pre-diabetic' category. (no diabetes in either side of my family either) i'm trying to get together any info i can on suboxone being linked to high blood sugar... i'm reading everything i can hoping maybe it's just the naloxone in the suboxone & maybe my pain dr's will allow me to try subutex (suboxone withOUT the naloxone) at my next appt. maybe that's an option for you as well? good luck & bless you. angel
 
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xm9980 responded:
this is very scary yes suboxone is great for getting off opiates short term but long-term use is probably very bad for the body I came across this blood sugar phenomenon on my own I have been injecting intramuscularly suboxone tablets for approximately 10 years on and off between heroin and I recently got clean and I have gone so far as to check my blood sugars and cutting out, most all carbohydrates completely and I'm still sitting at 110 AM blood sugars with a zero to no carb diet, when I started doing a search for suboxone topics in blood sugar I came across this and it was very disturbing it just tells you that though getting off drugs or reducing pain is very important there's probably other ways to do it than with drugs unfortunately everyone including myself look for a quick fix that will probably kill us in the long run does anyone else have blood sugar stories related to suboxone?


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