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What Is Subutex Used For?

A healthcare provider may prescribe Subutex® (sublingual buprenorphine) to treat opioid dependence in adults. This can include a dependence on legal or illegal opioid drugs, including morphine or heroine. It can be used for the long-term maintenance of opioid dependence or to help people gradually wean off opioids.
 
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this product for "off-label," or unapproved, uses. For example, Subutex may be used off-label to treat pain or depression.
 
(Click Subutex Uses for a more in-depth look at what this drug is used for, including possible off-label reasons for using this opioid narcotic. This article also discusses whether this medication is suitable for children.)
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