Pain Home > Buprenorphine
Available by prescription only, buprenorphine is a drug used to treat pain or opioid dependence. It comes in many forms, including an injection, a patch, a tablet, and a film that is dissolved under the tongue. This medication is thought to work by binding to a specific type of opioid receptor. Although generally well tolerated, side effects may include nausea, headache, and sedation.
- Buprenex (buprenorphine injection) -- given by injection into a muscle or by IV, used to treat moderate-to-severe pain
- Butrans (buprenorphine patch) -- used as a once-weekly patch to treat moderate-to-severe chronic (long-lasting) pain
- Subutex (sublingual buprenorphine) -- taken as a once-daily tablet dissolved under the tongue to treat opioid dependence
- Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone) -- taken as a once-daily tablet or film dissolved under the tongue to treat opioid dependence.