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What Is Buprenorphine?

Buprenorphine (Buprenex®, Butrans®, Subutex®, Suboxone®) comes in many different forms and is approved for a variety of uses. But what is buprenorphine, specifically?
Buprenorphine is an opioid medication that works primarily in the central nervous system. It is used for the treatment of moderate-to-severe pain. It is also approved as a treatment for opioid dependence. This medication comes in many forms, including an injection, tablet, and patch.
Your healthcare provider will make a decision as to which form you should use, as well as how much should be used, based on a number of factors. These include:
  • The reason you are taking buprenorphine
  • How you respond to it
  • The type and dose of other opioids you have been taking.
(For more information on what this drug is used for, click Buprenorphine. This article takes a closer look at how to use the medication and explains why it may not be the best choice for certain people.)
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