How to Take Suboxone

If your healthcare provider has prescribed Suboxone® (buprenorphine and naloxone), you may be wondering how to take the medication.
 
For treating opioid dependence, the typical dose of Suboxone is to dissolve the tablets or film under your tongue once a day. This drug is specifically designed to be dissolved under the tongue to help prevent abuse. If Suboxone is injected, the naloxone component of the drug will cancel out the effects of the opioid component of the drug (buprenorphine). Therefore, if someone tries to abuse Suboxone by injection, he or she will likely experience rapid and severe withdrawal symptoms.
 
For this reason, almost everyone who needs long-term treatment for opioid dependence outside of a treatment center should receive Suboxone, rather than a buprenorphine-only medication, such as Subutex® (sublingual buprenorphine).
 
(Click Suboxone Uses for more information on how to take this drug. This Web article provides more details on how this drug works for treating opioid dependence and describes possible off-label reasons to use this medicine.)
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