Buprenorphine Side Effects Can Cause Tooth Decay, Other Dental Problems, FDA Warns

The opioid addiction treatment is given as a pill or tab that dissolves under the tongue or inside of the cheek.

Federal drug regulators are warning about potential side effects of buprenorphine, indicating that the drug often prescribed to combat opioid addiction may cause tooth decay, infection, and other dental issues.

Medications containing buprenorphine designed to dissolve in the mouth can lead to dental problems, according to a drug safety communication issued by the FDA on January 12. Users with no history of dental issues have reported experiencing tooth decay, cavities, oral infections and loss of teeth, the agency warns.

Buprenorphine was first approved in 2002, as a tablet to be taken under the tongue to treat opioid addiction. In 2015, buprenorphine was approved as a film to be placed inside the cheek to treat pain. Other studies have linked buprenorphine as the best drug to treat neonatal abstinence, among infants born addicted to narcotic painkillers. However, the FDA indicates there have been more than 300 cases of tooth decay and dental problems reported among patients, most commonly involving tooth decay among users in their 40s, but dental problems have also been seen among those as young as 18 years old. Some dental problems from buprenorphine occurred as soon as two weeks after beginning treatment.

While the FDA indicates it believes the benefits of buprenorphine still outweigh the risks, the agency is requiring a new warning be added to the prescribing information and the patient Medication Guide for all buprenorphine-containing medicines dissolved in the mouth.

Medications affected by the warning include Zubsolv, manufactured by Orexo, and Suboclade manufactured by Indivior. They are tablets and films which dissolve under the tongue or placed against the inside of the cheek.

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For patients taking buprenorphine drugs affected by the warning, the FDA recommends continuing to take the medication as prescribed and not stopping the medication until you speak to your doctor first. Suddenly stopping the treatment could lead to serious consequences, including withdrawal symptoms or opioid relapse, which can result in an overdose and death.

Patients using the medication to treat opioid use disorder can take extra steps to reduce the risk of dental problems, the FDA indicates.

The agency recommends patients take a large sip of water, swish it gently and swallow once the medication is completely dissolved in the mouth. They should then wait at least one hour before brushing their teeth to avoid damage and to give their mouth a chance to return to its natural state, the FDA warning indicates.

The FDA also recommends patients inform their doctor if they have a history of tooth problems, including cavities, when starting this medication. They should also schedule a visit with their dentist soon after starting to use this drug and inform their dentist they are taking buprenorphine. Patients taking the drug should also make sure to have regular dental checkups while taking buprenorphine and to notify their doctor and dentist immediately if they experience problems with their teeth and gums.

51 Comments

  • MistyMay 15, 2022 at 3:53 am

    I has perfect teeth! A dentist even askes me once had I ever had braces, that's how perfect my teeth were!! I was on suboxone for several years. My teeth now r either gone or black! Suboxone gave me part of my life back, but took my smile!! I cant afford to even begin to have my mouth fixed!!

  • JulianMay 12, 2022 at 3:52 am

    I am 42 years old.Ive been a Suboxn patient off and on for over 10 years.My smile used to be my favorite thing about myself.Now i cover my mouth when i laugh.All of my teeth are either gone or rotten.If someone would have warned me i would never have chanced it.If this is true that this medicine possibly cost patients their teeth..then i would absolutely say that they should pay to replace.

  • MandyMay 11, 2022 at 4:02 pm

    my husband and I have both been prescribed Suboxone for several years with no knowledge of potential tooth decay, my husband lost all his teeth, and now has dentures at 31, and I also have had multiple fillings and teeth pulled, and issues. If I’d have known I’d not taken the medicine. Someone should be responsible for the damage, bc we can not afford to fix our teeth properly. This also has cau[Show More]my husband and I have both been prescribed Suboxone for several years with no knowledge of potential tooth decay, my husband lost all his teeth, and now has dentures at 31, and I also have had multiple fillings and teeth pulled, and issues. If I’d have known I’d not taken the medicine. Someone should be responsible for the damage, bc we can not afford to fix our teeth properly. This also has caused severe depression.

  • AdamMay 11, 2022 at 5:42 am

    I have been taking suboxone since I was 17 and am now 27 and haven't been able to taper off them successfully without feeling like hell forever after. My teeth r just shattering when I eat anything these days and I can't afford dental work unless I get my decayed teeth pulled forever because I make to little money at my job. I need justice! Someone owes me they didn't warn me of this !

  • RobinMay 8, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    People could start by telling the truth. 2.5 million people in the U.S. taking Suboxone. The above article says 300 have suffered tooth loss. Get real. this whole story is made of lies and deception. If you are wondering what to do, start bu calling the FDA and reporting it to a real person. Then fill out their form, which they won't respond to, but it is the only way they track these "adverse ef[Show More]People could start by telling the truth. 2.5 million people in the U.S. taking Suboxone. The above article says 300 have suffered tooth loss. Get real. this whole story is made of lies and deception. If you are wondering what to do, start bu calling the FDA and reporting it to a real person. Then fill out their form, which they won't respond to, but it is the only way they track these "adverse effect" Then report if you are clinically depressed from losing your teeth and your looks. That is probably a lot of us, including me. Then fight to get. class Action Lawsuit going so maybe we can get the money due to us to fix our destroyed teeth.

  • MeghanMay 5, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    My mother has chronic back/neck pain secondary to genetics as well as old injuries. She was prescribed OxyContin back when they told people it was non-habit forming. Very quickly did we learn that it was a lie. My mom never wanted to become addicted to a narcotic. She trusted her provider to have her best interest at heart and was lied to. With that being said, when she had had enough of being add[Show More]My mother has chronic back/neck pain secondary to genetics as well as old injuries. She was prescribed OxyContin back when they told people it was non-habit forming. Very quickly did we learn that it was a lie. My mom never wanted to become addicted to a narcotic. She trusted her provider to have her best interest at heart and was lied to. With that being said, when she had had enough of being addicted to something that would eventually kill her, she tried to quit cold turkey. Quickly realizing that kicking a heavy narcotic cold turkey was nearly impossible, she was sent to a Dr. with an XDEA and the ability to prescribe the cure all “Suboxone”. Little did we know Suboxone wasn’t going to be the magic pill we all thought it would be. She went from being addicted to OxyContin to being dependent on Suboxone. On top of being dependent on Suboxone, she lost her front tooth while on vacation in Florida. Since this happening, I have watched her teeth fall apart one-by-one, I have watched her confidence dwindle away slowly as her smile became smaller and smaller. My heart breaks as she can only eat certain foods and has to stay away from others. A new mouth you say? To get a brand spanking new set of teeth will set her and my father back thousands and thousands. She has been Suboxone free for 12+ years. How’d she do it? She weened herself off of the drug little by little until she was eventually at an 8th of the film and even then the whole family had to watch her kick the sheets for almost a week once she dropped it. Suboxone has taken away so many things from my mother, but it also has taken away so much from our family. She will never get back the smiles lost and the opportunities she missed out on secondary to watching her mouth fall apart. Please please tell your story so we can gain recognition and are able to hold the makers of Suboxone responsible for their lack of transparency about its awful side effects. These people need new teeth!! My mother didn’t ask for any of this.

  • BlakeMay 4, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    I had perfect teeth. I used opiates for a year before starting suboxone. I lost all of my teeth 3 to 4 years after starting suboxone. I was never told that this could be an adverse effect from this drug. I had dentures at the age 32. This is ridicules and the manufactures needs to be held accountable for this. I would have gone a different route if I would have been told that this medication would[Show More]I had perfect teeth. I used opiates for a year before starting suboxone. I lost all of my teeth 3 to 4 years after starting suboxone. I was never told that this could be an adverse effect from this drug. I had dentures at the age 32. This is ridicules and the manufactures needs to be held accountable for this. I would have gone a different route if I would have been told that this medication would result in the total loss of my teeth.

  • SherriMay 3, 2022 at 5:52 pm

    I have been on Suboxone since 2017, unaware that's the reason for my dental issues as my Dr never mentioned it. I quit cold turkey once I heard about the issue. Currently have 3.5 teeth left which will be removed next month so I can get dentures.

  • SarahApril 27, 2022 at 11:36 am

    Can anyone help point me in the direction to be included in this lawsuit?

  • LauraApril 26, 2022 at 11:49 pm

    I've been on suboxone since 2012 and my teeth are complete shit now. I never had dental issues until the last few years. I just assumed it was because of my past life style and it's just finally catching up to me which maybe that is part of it. But after hearing this maybe there is something else going on. I have permanent infection in my jaw/gums that just won't go away even after finishing antib[Show More]I've been on suboxone since 2012 and my teeth are complete shit now. I never had dental issues until the last few years. I just assumed it was because of my past life style and it's just finally catching up to me which maybe that is part of it. But after hearing this maybe there is something else going on. I have permanent infection in my jaw/gums that just won't go away even after finishing antibiotics. I've had multiple root canals recently, a tooth just pulled, another tooth just crumbled apart so i have 1/2 a tooth there and the rest are so sensitive and I can see cavities that need to be filled. I used to have such a pretty smile and I'm so insecure about it now yet I'm terrified to get them all pulled. The dentist is literally the scariest place for me to go to. I've had to go thru so much pain during some of my visits, I need to go more and I'm just so damn scared!!!

  • RobinApril 26, 2022 at 6:15 pm

    I was given Suboxone so I could stop taking pain medication for an injury. I needed it for 2 weeks. That was years ago. I cannot stop it because the withdrawal is excruciating. It landed me in the ER 3 times. I had perfectly healthy teeth before taking this poison. I lost 3 teeth. Two cracked and one in the FRONT, popped out and caught it in my hand. It had NO DECAY. I was never warned. The packa[Show More]I was given Suboxone so I could stop taking pain medication for an injury. I needed it for 2 weeks. That was years ago. I cannot stop it because the withdrawal is excruciating. It landed me in the ER 3 times. I had perfectly healthy teeth before taking this poison. I lost 3 teeth. Two cracked and one in the FRONT, popped out and caught it in my hand. It had NO DECAY. I was never warned. The packaging has no warning of losing teeth. This is criminal. Suboxone weakens the bones around your teeth so they fall out. Lawyers reject these cases, saying they are "unwinnable" So where do we turn? I was diagnosed with clinical depression over my tooth loss and how it has ruined my once good looks. These companies, including the FDA care nothing about us.

  • TammyApril 26, 2022 at 10:11 am

    Please contact me when or if you decide to take patients. I was not an opiode abuser but am taking suboxone for chronic pain. I have lost all my back molars on the left upper side and now I am experiencing issues with the front eye tooth. I have always taken care of my teeth and now I can’t afford to replace these.

  • KimApril 24, 2022 at 5:07 pm

    Been on Suboxone since 2007, 15 yrs Five or six years ago notice that my teeth were shrinking losing a little by little now I have a little Chiclets in the front of my mouth I have trouble with smiling I cover my teeth in my top lip and a smile now looking for a lawsuit to get my teeth fixed don’t get me wrong it’s a box and save my life but back then I didn’t know my teeth we’re gonna be destroye[Show More]Been on Suboxone since 2007, 15 yrs Five or six years ago notice that my teeth were shrinking losing a little by little now I have a little Chiclets in the front of my mouth I have trouble with smiling I cover my teeth in my top lip and a smile now looking for a lawsuit to get my teeth fixed don’t get me wrong it’s a box and save my life but back then I didn’t know my teeth we’re gonna be destroyed because of it please help

  • SethApril 24, 2022 at 12:12 pm

    Legitimate Suboxone Rx since 2006. 40k out of pocket dental work. Countless hours of pain and suffering

  • BreannaApril 23, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    I have been taking suboxone for along time. Since 2012. My teeth are basically gone and I used to have a pretty smile. Not anymore and I feel sick all the time from my teeth being so bad

  • AmberApril 23, 2022 at 4:57 pm

    I find it very coincidental that the FDA puts out a warning against suboxone and now everyone seems to be coming out of the woodwork, stating they have problems with their teeth..? And not to mention, there may be a lawsuit against the makers of suboxone now too? Let's ask those taking suboxone, that are in recovery, how often they went to the dentist or how well they took care of their teeth, whe[Show More]I find it very coincidental that the FDA puts out a warning against suboxone and now everyone seems to be coming out of the woodwork, stating they have problems with their teeth..? And not to mention, there may be a lawsuit against the makers of suboxone now too? Let's ask those taking suboxone, that are in recovery, how often they went to the dentist or how well they took care of their teeth, when they were in active addiction. Let's not scare people into getting on a life saving medication because there may be a way for people to win some money now, all of a sudden. End the stigma.

  • JenniferApril 21, 2022 at 1:07 pm

    My teeth were damn near perfect before I started the tablets in late 2018 then my dr. moved me to strips as my body wasn’t metabolizing the tablet’s well. 4 years later here I sit…… I had chalked it up to putting my body thru too much over the years never a medication that was meant to save my life- my teeth are rottting…. Literally. I was told I have prettty much no enamel on my teeth….. I wa[Show More]My teeth were damn near perfect before I started the tablets in late 2018 then my dr. moved me to strips as my body wasn’t metabolizing the tablet’s well. 4 years later here I sit…… I had chalked it up to putting my body thru too much over the years never a medication that was meant to save my life- my teeth are rottting…. Literally. I was told I have prettty much no enamel on my teeth….. I was NEVER EVER told this could happen, etc or I would have never agreed to this medication. Yes it’s benefits of helping me live a pain free life of sobriety is great- but so are the teeth in my mouth that I’ve spent my entire life caring for. It’s absolutely heartbreaking 💔 I cry because I used to have a beautiful smile……. And now there’s no way I can afford 6 crowns and 3 root canals. I’m absolutely devastated….. this doesn’t seem so fair :(

  • StephanieApril 19, 2022 at 10:55 pm

    I have been on suboxone since 2016, I’m in the process of being tapered off of it. I never had any dental issues until I started suboxone and no one informed me that this could be a side effect. I had beautiful teeth before I started this medication and I never had any dental issues either until I started suboxone. Since I started this medication I’ve had nothing but problems. I’ve spent more time[Show More]I have been on suboxone since 2016, I’m in the process of being tapered off of it. I never had any dental issues until I started suboxone and no one informed me that this could be a side effect. I had beautiful teeth before I started this medication and I never had any dental issues either until I started suboxone. Since I started this medication I’ve had nothing but problems. I’ve spent more time at the dentist since I began suboxone than I have my entire life. My teeth are literally crumbling. I would appreciate help holding someone responsible for this.

  • ElizabethApril 18, 2022 at 11:48 am

    I have been on suboxone for 4 years, i didn't have dental problems until I started, iam only 39 yrs old, now everyone of mine has tooth decay or broken and missing and it is so hard to be able to afford getting them fixed. I was never informed of any concerns that it may cause any dental problems, everyone should have been told about the risk before prescribing. Now I'm having to live with the too[Show More]I have been on suboxone for 4 years, i didn't have dental problems until I started, iam only 39 yrs old, now everyone of mine has tooth decay or broken and missing and it is so hard to be able to afford getting them fixed. I was never informed of any concerns that it may cause any dental problems, everyone should have been told about the risk before prescribing. Now I'm having to live with the tooth pain and suffering from suboxone and I can't afford to be able to pay 10,000 dollars or more to fix the issue. They should be held responsible for many people for not warning patients of the dental risk.

  • CrystalApril 18, 2022 at 5:22 am

    My husband and I both started taking Suboxone in 2015. If you were to look at our photos From then till now, it would not look like two people who were Free from opioid addiction; living a normal and healthy lifestyle. Both of us have lost almost all of our teeth completely. I am having the last four teeth removed from my uppers on 4/22/22, as they are beyond repair. I have four teeth remaining on[Show More]My husband and I both started taking Suboxone in 2015. If you were to look at our photos From then till now, it would not look like two people who were Free from opioid addiction; living a normal and healthy lifestyle. Both of us have lost almost all of our teeth completely. I am having the last four teeth removed from my uppers on 4/22/22, as they are beyond repair. I have four teeth remaining on my lowers, and they are also beyond repair. my husband has six teeth remaining on the top, all of which are broken, decayed, or infected. He has 5 teeth remaining on the bottom. we both have had to go to the dental school to obtain dental services, and you can all but imagine the torture we have had to endure. Unfortunately this is the only dental care that is even remotely affordable. Our treatment options are limited to extractions without sedation and temporary dentures of the poorest quality that are made by dental students. We didn’t choose opioid addiction, and we trusted our doctors when we were told “This drug is safe”; referring to both the opioids as well as the Suboxone. We regained our lives past opioid addiction maintaining healthy lifestyles, enjoying our children and advancing in our careers. People often refer to us as “the happiest couple they’ve ever known”; I would say “the happiest people who never smile”. Both my husband and I have had to leave our professional careers because of our Oral appearance. We are always encouraging our 4 teenage daughters to be confident in who they are, and to not let other people’s judgment or opinions of them alter their path or steal their confidence. We really are great parents , but the hypocrisy in teaching them the exact opposite of what we practice keeps us up at night. I’m determined to take back our dignity, and show our daughters how to advocate for themselves, fight for what’s right, and expose what is wrong!! The Drug comp should absolutely and unquestionably start to take responsibility and offer quality dental treatment options to the patients affected by Suboxone and Dental Nightmares. I’ve started using my own voice about it and it keeps getting louder. It’s not just our teeth that’s missing, .....it’s our lives.

  • TracyApril 17, 2022 at 7:12 am

    It destroyed my teeth! I have spent 30k trying to save them! I wish this I knew that before I starting taking this crap! Like they should tell everyone on their first visit but they don't! They want to make that 💰!!!!

  • AmandaApril 16, 2022 at 3:11 am

    I am having major expensive dental issues and have lost numerous teeth.

  • KaylaApril 15, 2022 at 12:45 pm

    I been on suboxone for almost 3 years now and yes it has saved my life but also now my teeth are all crumbling and breaking. Its horrible my teeth hurt all the time because of them being so weak.

  • CandiceApril 14, 2022 at 5:39 pm

    Ive been on suboxone 4 years and have had to get all my teeth removed, 2 dental surgeries, and am in the process of getting dentures or denture implants. My confidence is gone. Ive had to get therapy for depression and crippling social anxiety. Im only 37 and am completely toothless and have paid over $3000 for dental work and still have lots more to go. Next month I have to have a procedure costi[Show More]Ive been on suboxone 4 years and have had to get all my teeth removed, 2 dental surgeries, and am in the process of getting dentures or denture implants. My confidence is gone. Ive had to get therapy for depression and crippling social anxiety. Im only 37 and am completely toothless and have paid over $3000 for dental work and still have lots more to go. Next month I have to have a procedure costing $850 out of pocket. Im a single mom to a child with autism on a fixed income so to say it has been hard is an understatement. Before suboxone I had beautiful healthy teeth that I got a lot of compliments on. Before anyone blames previous drug use on the reason my teeth had issues that is not the case. I had surgery which caused complications and was put on a very high mg of pain meds by my Dr. I did not abuse my medication, I took them as my Dr said and was on them over a year. Once they found the source of the issue my body had physically become dependant and the withdrawals were pure hell but I never moved to street or IV drugs so no that isn't the reason my teeth started breaking off. The first broken tooth happened in 2020 which was over a year after suboxone was prescribed to me. I dont mean to sound defensive but being called a crackhead and junkie over your teeth sucks and is demoralizing and has changed me from the happy confident woman I used to be to a shell of the woman I once was. There are options out there besides suboxone that dont have this side effect that could of been taken but due to suboxone manufacturers not disclosing this I didnt know it was something I needed to worry about. Now it's too late I will be in dentures soon hopefully and hopefully will find the confidence that I once had.

  • NATHANIELApril 14, 2022 at 12:11 pm

    All of my teeth are broken since I've started using Suboxone

  • GiannaApril 14, 2022 at 8:33 am

    I believe suboxone was the reason my oral health declined. I now have had to have all top teeth pulled and now I have a denture in place. The teeth were not fixable. I was on drugs for many years, and my teeth only started rapidly decaying after trying to get better on Suboxone. I still have my bottom teeth. I have been clean for 4 years with the help of suboxone but bottom teeth are still decayin[Show More]I believe suboxone was the reason my oral health declined. I now have had to have all top teeth pulled and now I have a denture in place. The teeth were not fixable. I was on drugs for many years, and my teeth only started rapidly decaying after trying to get better on Suboxone. I still have my bottom teeth. I have been clean for 4 years with the help of suboxone but bottom teeth are still decaying.

  • LibbyApril 14, 2022 at 1:09 am

    I’m a 37 year old mother of 2 that’s been on suboxone for 10 years. I unfortunately lost all of my teeth 4 years ago not knowing it was suboxone. It’s devastating absolutely devastating to lose your teeth this young after having a beautiful smile. I wish I would’ve known this was going to happen. I would’ve chosen a different rout. The amount of money pain and heartache it’s caused is overwhelming[Show More]I’m a 37 year old mother of 2 that’s been on suboxone for 10 years. I unfortunately lost all of my teeth 4 years ago not knowing it was suboxone. It’s devastating absolutely devastating to lose your teeth this young after having a beautiful smile. I wish I would’ve known this was going to happen. I would’ve chosen a different rout. The amount of money pain and heartache it’s caused is overwhelming.

  • ChayaApril 12, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    I took 1 1/2 doses of buprenorphine in 2020 when my body was attacked by COVID. NEVER was I told it would destroy my teeth. It tasted terrible and made me feel weird. I refused to take anymore.

  • DorisApril 11, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    I'm in my 40's and I have been on Subutex for about 4yrs. Over this time my teeth have rapidly declined. So much I had even told my husband that I didn't understand why 4 yrs after addiction my teeth were going to sh!t but not during addiction and that I must finally be paying for all that I had done before.Over the past several months I have been going through the process of getting all my teeth [Show More]I'm in my 40's and I have been on Subutex for about 4yrs. Over this time my teeth have rapidly declined. So much I had even told my husband that I didn't understand why 4 yrs after addiction my teeth were going to sh!t but not during addiction and that I must finally be paying for all that I had done before.Over the past several months I have been going through the process of getting all my teeth removed. I have 3 left to go and they come out May 4th. Then I have to have some kind of surgery before I can even get dentures and that's not till August. By that time I will be close to a year with no dentures and it's really embarrassing. I never would of thought it was the medication rotting my teeth out but it sure finally all made sense once I heard other people's story and how there's a big fuss over it all now. You think you would told about side effects of this magnitude. But hell I also think they should of told me that these things are harder to come off of than what I was originally addicted to but they didn't. 0

  • MandiApril 11, 2022 at 6:22 pm

    I have been on this medication for several years and TONS of issues with my teeth all the way from having multiple filling to even having teeth pulled! funny thing is before this medicine I never had any issues with my teeth they were much whiter no cavities and a year after being on bupernorphine BAM dentist visit problem after problem!

  • AshleyApril 11, 2022 at 4:34 pm

    Just in a few years I have been taking this medication I've had multiple teeth pulled my front tooth crack and almost every tooth has decay in it. I'm a single mom of 3 boys and can't even afford the dental college to get it fixed once starting Suboxone it got so bad fast. Had I known this maybe I would've chose a different front medication or just make sure I could afford having more dental chec[Show More]Just in a few years I have been taking this medication I've had multiple teeth pulled my front tooth crack and almost every tooth has decay in it. I'm a single mom of 3 boys and can't even afford the dental college to get it fixed once starting Suboxone it got so bad fast. Had I known this maybe I would've chose a different front medication or just make sure I could afford having more dental checkups

  • KimberlyApril 11, 2022 at 4:12 pm

    Soboxone saved my life when I started it in 2014 and have been on it off and on for years now. Consecutively for the last 5 years. With that being said my teeth are in absolute terrible condition now.

  • MandiApril 11, 2022 at 3:43 pm

    I have been on suboxone over the last several years and had more dental issues than one would ever want to have. before the suboxone my teeth were in decent shape and now it’s problem after problem!

  • StephanieApril 11, 2022 at 3:00 pm

    Was using suboxone for over 10yrs and was never told about tooth decay issue due to the meds. I now have the worst teeth ever most of them gone and can’t afford to get new teeth unless I get dentures. I have never been notified of any lawsuits in the past. I need help because it’s not fair I was never told of these consequences of this med or any alternatives so it didn’t happen.

  • BradleyApril 10, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    Been on suboxone for 5 years teeth were in good shape and now I barley have any healthy teeth left. No doctor ever mentioned that this was an issue nor was it in my prescription info pamplet

  • BRANDONApril 10, 2022 at 7:24 am

    i have false teeth ,just one month ago . teeth were rottening ,it cost me over 4000 plus dollars ,i have to wear dentures rest of my life ,

  • LauraApril 9, 2022 at 11:08 pm

    Suboxone completely ruined my teeth after 12 years of being on it I currently have no back/cracked teeth & my oral surgeon has quoted me 20k to repair/replace Because my teeth are either missing or broken I also struggle with digestive issues from not being able to chew my food properly I suffer with pain every single day I had good teeth before being prescribed Suboxone (I have proof) I also cu[Show More]Suboxone completely ruined my teeth after 12 years of being on it I currently have no back/cracked teeth & my oral surgeon has quoted me 20k to repair/replace Because my teeth are either missing or broken I also struggle with digestive issues from not being able to chew my food properly I suffer with pain every single day I had good teeth before being prescribed Suboxone (I have proof) I also currently go to get my teeth deep cleaned now every 3 months just to save what teeth I have left bc I can’t afford 20k to replace The pain is unbearable My self esteem has been destroyed I’m on a fixed income which is a struggle just to pay for my teeth cleanings every 3 months I would have never taken Suboxone if I would have known abt the dental issues it causes for there are other options out there & unfortunately now it’s too late for me

  • VanessaApril 6, 2022 at 10:28 am

    I started on Subutex in 2017 and after about a year was switched to suboxone. It saved my life. I had struggled with IV drug use since 2009. In and out of rehabs nothing really worked for me until Suboxone. I now have custody of my kids, a stable 40 hour a week job, my own home, and back in school for my B.B.A. With all of that being said. I have no bottom teeth. My top teeth were implants from a [Show More]I started on Subutex in 2017 and after about a year was switched to suboxone. It saved my life. I had struggled with IV drug use since 2009. In and out of rehabs nothing really worked for me until Suboxone. I now have custody of my kids, a stable 40 hour a week job, my own home, and back in school for my B.B.A. With all of that being said. I have no bottom teeth. My top teeth were implants from a wreck I had as a teenager. Since taking Suboxone my implants have come loose and I have few bottom teeth. The ones that are there are broken and decayed. I can't say that I regret taking Suboxone because it truly saved my life. I just wish I would have known about the dental risks beforehand.

  • NancyApril 5, 2022 at 10:53 pm

    So many of us are in the same situation. My teeth are a mess. I have to have implants on three and more are messed up. My doctor told me she has multiple patients with similar issues. Where’s the class action?

  • GeraldApril 5, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    On Buprenorphine for almost 3 years. Had all my top teeth pulled year ago. Bottom teeth are wrecked not sure the extent yet.

  • BriannaApril 3, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    I have been prescribed Suboxone for 4 years. It has helped me to turn my life around, I have a stable good career, and a nice home. I would not have been able to do any of that without it. However, it has WRECKED my teeth. I am only 30 years old. I’ve had to have 5 teeth removed and I have a partial that comes in and out. I have cavities on every single tooth, and another one broke just last w[Show More]I have been prescribed Suboxone for 4 years. It has helped me to turn my life around, I have a stable good career, and a nice home. I would not have been able to do any of that without it. However, it has WRECKED my teeth. I am only 30 years old. I’ve had to have 5 teeth removed and I have a partial that comes in and out. I have cavities on every single tooth, and another one broke just last week. I was quoted about 10k to fix it all. I’m a vet tech and I do not make even close to enough to cover that.

  • LouisApril 2, 2022 at 9:42 pm

    I had perfect teeth before suboxone. I’ve been in it 15 years and my teeth are all breaking and falling apart. I have a root canal Monday for another broken tooth. If anyone knows about a class action lawsuit please let me know where to go. I never heard about the first one and now they won’t let you file a claim!

  • StevenApril 1, 2022 at 4:27 pm

    I have been on suboxone since 2014. I never had any problems with my teeth until I started taking this medication. I am not 31 years old and am having horrible dental problems. I have had multiple teeth break off at the gumline, my front tooth is cracked in half and decaying, back teeth have caved in cavities and holes all throughout my mouth... I am told it will cost me at least $5,000 just to ge[Show More]I have been on suboxone since 2014. I never had any problems with my teeth until I started taking this medication. I am not 31 years old and am having horrible dental problems. I have had multiple teeth break off at the gumline, my front tooth is cracked in half and decaying, back teeth have caved in cavities and holes all throughout my mouth... I am told it will cost me at least $5,000 just to get in the door to get started. The last dentist I went to made me feel even worse as she acted like I was beyond fixing. I am so depressed about my teeth. I am ashamed to smile or even kiss my girlfriend anymore. I don't know what I'm going to do. I need my teeth fixed and I don't care if it puts me in debt doing it... There needs to be a class action lawsuit over this... How much money have the pharmaceutical companies made on this drug? When we all know they were well aware of the dental problems it would cause. All I want is my teeth fixed... I'm not looking for a huge cash settlement or anything... I just want to be able to smile again.

  • KellyMarch 31, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    There needs to be a lawsuit against them for this, and they should pay at a minimum enough to fix everyone's teeth, that has damage from the sub use. I've been prescribed them for 9.5 years now. I had perfect teeth before starting them, not even a single cavity. Now I've had to have about $10,000 worth of work just in the last 2 years alone! My husband had to have his whole bottom pulled last year[Show More]There needs to be a lawsuit against them for this, and they should pay at a minimum enough to fix everyone's teeth, that has damage from the sub use. I've been prescribed them for 9.5 years now. I had perfect teeth before starting them, not even a single cavity. Now I've had to have about $10,000 worth of work just in the last 2 years alone! My husband had to have his whole bottom pulled last year, and had to get a denture bc they ate his teeth up so bad! And of course no matter how bad it gets, it's too hard to stop bc they never told any of us from day 1 how addictive they actually were!

  • PatrickMarch 31, 2022 at 12:11 pm

    I have had 6 teeth removed. I still have problems. Im afraid by the time im 35 its gonna be horrible.

  • JenniferMarch 31, 2022 at 10:56 am

    I was prescribed Suboxone several times from 2010 to 2028. I never had any major dental issues until after taking this medication. I now am missing 7 or 8 teeth and almost all of the rest of my teeth have crowns on them. It was a painfully long process to fix my teeth and now I am embarrassed when I smile and it is difficult to eat many different types of food. The medication helped save my life b[Show More]I was prescribed Suboxone several times from 2010 to 2028. I never had any major dental issues until after taking this medication. I now am missing 7 or 8 teeth and almost all of the rest of my teeth have crowns on them. It was a painfully long process to fix my teeth and now I am embarrassed when I smile and it is difficult to eat many different types of food. The medication helped save my life but has also caused me heartache and pain.

  • MichaelMarch 25, 2022 at 4:32 pm

    I've been taken suboxone for more then 10 years and I've had so many dental issues. Before I started taking it I had normal issues. I always thought it was linked to my drug abuse history but now it makes more sense that it is linked to the meds.

  • BrentMarch 25, 2022 at 1:41 pm

    There needs to be a class action lawsuit. They've known about the tooth decay issues for years.

  • SpencerMarch 22, 2022 at 11:00 pm

    I am now 30 years old and I began taking suboxone 7 or 8 years ago with good dental health. Over the years I have had 3 teeth rot down to the gums and 3 or 4 that have broken apart about halfway down. Always pain and Infection.

  • CarolynMarch 19, 2022 at 3:07 am

    I have lost 4 teeth and I am losing more as a result of using Subutex My prescribing doctor just told my about the potential of losing teeth as a result of using Subutex in February 2022. People should have been warned of this side effect as I would have tried another medication. Thank you for your time

  • RobinMarch 13, 2022 at 5:03 am

    Over a span of 2 years, I have lost 3 healthy teeth as a result of taking Suboxone. I was never warned about tooth loss. After researching this issue, I have learned that Suboxone weakens the bones around the teeth, thereby loosening the teeth, and they fall out. I have been unable to stop using this drug because the withdrawal is excruciating. The cost of fixing my teeth is in the tens of thousa[Show More]Over a span of 2 years, I have lost 3 healthy teeth as a result of taking Suboxone. I was never warned about tooth loss. After researching this issue, I have learned that Suboxone weakens the bones around the teeth, thereby loosening the teeth, and they fall out. I have been unable to stop using this drug because the withdrawal is excruciating. The cost of fixing my teeth is in the tens of thousands of dollars. The makers of this drug should be held accountable for this harm.

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