What Is Subutex?

Subutex® (sublingual buprenorphine) is prescribed for treating opioid dependence in adults. But what is Subutex and how does it work?
 
Subutex is a medicine that contains buprenorphine, an opioid narcotic medication. Buprenorphine binds to specific types of opioid receptors, called opioid mu-receptors, which are located throughout the body. This active ingredient mainly affects the central nervous system and can cause several effects in the body, including:
 
  • Pain relief
  • Drowsiness
  • Slowed breathing.
 
This medication comes in two strengths: 2 mg and 8 mg tablets. It is typically taken once daily and comes in the form of a small tablet, which is dissolved under the tongue. Your dose will depend on the type and dose of other opioids you have been taking and other medications you are taking, among other things.
 
(Click Subutex for a complete overview of what Subutex is prescribed for and how this prescription drug works. This article also covers potential side effects, dosing information, and general safety precautions to be aware of before beginning treatment.)
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