Sublimaze Signs, Symptoms, and Side Effects

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When a patient starts a new treatment, they should be educated on details surrounding the medication such as its potential side effects and risk of addiction. This is an important step in helping the patient to understand and follow their treatment plan as directed by their doctor. The following is an overview of the drug Sublimaze including its indication, side effects, and signs of misuse.
Sublimaze Signs, Symptoms, and Side Effects
Sublimaze is a pain-relieving medication given to patients to alleviate surgery-related pain. It is an opioid analgesic, which means it reduces pain by influencing the brain’s response to pain.

Just like any medication, Sublimaze can cause side effects in some patients. Common side effects from taking Sublimaze are back pain, diarrhea, constipation, discouragement, irritability, loss of interest or pleasure, muscle stiffness, pain in the joints, sleepiness, drowsiness, trouble concentrating, trouble sleeping, and weight loss. If you experience any of these side effects, they should all subside after your body is used to having Sublimaze in your system. If they seem to persist or worsen over time, tell your doctor right away.

In addition, you should contact your doctor immediately if you notice serious side effects after taking Sublimaze. These include black stools, blurred vision, chest pain, confusion, convulsions, cough, decreased urine, labored breathing, dizziness, fainting, fever or chills, increased thirst, irregular heartbeat, lightheadedness, loss of appetite, lower back or side pain, mood changes, agitation, muscle pain or cramps, nausea, vomiting, painful urination, pale skin, pounding in the ears, rapid breathing, sunken eyes, swelling of the hands or legs, tightness in the chest, ulcers, sores, unusual bleeding or bruising, and wrinkled skin.

Seek medical attention as soon as possible if you notice symptoms of a potential overdose like shallow breathing after you have been given Sublimaze.

Sublimaze patients who take the medication responsibly may still develop a physical dependence or psychological addiction due to the medication’s classification as an opioid analgesic. Opioid analgesics are particularly addictive because the body can build up a tolerance to the medication rather quickly. This spurs the patient to take larger doses in order to achieve the same effects.

If you begin to suspect someone in your life is addicted to Sublimaze, seek professional help as soon as possible. Signs that point to Sublimaze addiction are exhibiting “drug seeking behaviors” such as becoming obsessed with finding and taking Sublimaze. Those who are addicted to Sublimaze may also lose interest in daily life or the hobbies and activities they once enjoyed.

Sublimaze patients who have been taking the medication for a prolonged amount of time will likely develop a Sublimaze tolerance as a long-term effect. This is completely normal. Your Sublimaze dose may need to be increased if you develop a tolerance to it, but you should never adjust your dosage levels without instruction from your doctor.

If you or someone you know is suffering from substance use disorder, seek help immediately. The Recovery Village has many resources available for those looking to overcome their addiction. To learn more about these life-saving programs, visit us online at or call our toll-free, 24-hour hotline at 855-548-9825.

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