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Subutex® (sublingual buprenorphine) is a medication prescribed to treat opioid dependence in adults. But what is the normal dose for Subutex?
Your Subutex dose will be based largely on how you respond to the medication. This product is usually started at least four hours after your last dose of other opioids. One typical way to dose Subutex is to start with 8 mg on the first day and 16 mg on the second day. Often, by the third day you can be switched to Suboxone® (buprenorphine and naloxone). This is a similar medication to Subutex, but has less potential for abuse and is a preferred option for use outside of a treatment center.
Your healthcare provider can start you on a lower dosage and gradually increase the amount, but this is more likely to cause withdrawal symptoms than a fast, two-day start. For most people, the normal dose of Subutex is usually between 4 mg and 24 mg per day.
(Click Subutex Dosage for more information on the normal dose of Subutex, as well as tips for when and how to effectively take this prescription opioid medication.)
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