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When and How to Use It

Some general considerations to keep in mind when using Buprenex include the following:
  • This medication comes as an injection. It can be injected into a muscle or given by IV. It is usually given every four to six hours.
  • If pain is not adequately controlled after the first dose, a second dose can be given 30 to 60 minutes after the initial dose.
  • This medication is a controlled substance because it can be abused. Proper storage and disposal are important to prevent theft. Keep the medication in a safe place.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be given as prescribed.

Dosing Information

The Buprenex dosage your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • The type and severity of your pain
  • The type and dosage of other pain medications you have been taking
  • How you respond to the medication
  • Your weight (for children)
  • Other medications you are taking
  • Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Buprenex Dosage for more information.)

Side Effects of Buprenex

Just like any medicine, Buprenex can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of Buprenex may include but are not limited to:
  • A drowsy, calm state (sedation)
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • A spinning sensation (vertigo).
(Click Buprenex Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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