Can Suboxone doctors prescribe benzodiazepines?
It is common in Medication Assisted Treatment programs to screen patients for benzodiazepines. However, all doctors are as responsible as others, and there will be cases in which a doctor prescribes you both suboxone and a benzodiazepine at the same time. It is also possible that a patient will be prescribed suboxone by a specialized treatment facility and a course of benzodiazepines by their regular physician.
However, it is important to note that it is highly recommended that you do not mix suboxone and benzodiazepines. Because suboxone contains buprenorphine, a partial opioid agonist, one of its side effects is to depress the central nervous system, causing your natural breathing to slow down. Benzodiazepines such as Xanax or valium have a similar effect, slowing down your regular breathing cycle. Taken alone, your doctor or MAT nurse will be able to account for this respiratory depression by giving you a safe dose of suboxone or benzodiazepines. However, when you put the two together it is much harder to determine what constitutes a safe dose. This puts you at increased risk of losing consciousness, brain injury or even overdose.
Similar risks are associated with combining opioids and alcohol, as well as a host of other prescription drugs, so it is always best to seek medical advice before taking a course of opioids with any other form of medication. If you are receiving benzodiazepines for anxiety issues then there is a good chance that you will be able to seek out alternative medication or non-medicinal care pathways.