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Suboxone Treatment



SUBOXONE Film is a prescription medicine used to treat adults who are addicted to (dependent on) opioid drugs (either prescription or illegal) as part of a complete treatment program that also includes counseling and behavioral therapy.

  • For dependence on short‑acting opioids, like heroin or prescription painkillers, SUBOXONE Film, which contains buprenorphine and naloxone, may be recommended to help you begin and maintain continuity of treatment

  • When transitioning from dependence on long‑acting opioids, like methadone, a buprenorphine‑only medication may be recommended

  • For many patients, opioid dependence treatment is thought of as traditional inpatient rehabilitation. In appropriate patients, treatment may begin under the supervision and continue at home with follow-up visits at reasonable intervals, with a healthcare provider waivered under the Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 and the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 in an office‑based setting.                                                                                              

  • SUBOXONE Film may not be right for you. Before taking SUBOXONE Film, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including:                                                                            

  • Liver or kidney problems

  • Trouble breathing or lung problems

  • An enlarged prostate gland (men)

  • A head injury or brain problem

  • Problems urinating

  • A curve in your spine that affects your breathing (scoliosis)

  • Gallbladder problems

  • Adrenal gland problems

  • Addison’s disease

  • Low thyroid hormone levels (hypothyroidism)

  • A history of alcoholism

  • Mental problems such as hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not there)

  • Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Opioid‑dependent women on buprenorphine maintenance therapy may require additional analgesia during labor. If you take SUBOXONE Film while pregnant, your baby may have signs of opioid withdrawal at birth. Neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NOWS) is an expected and treatable outcome of prolonged use of opioids during pregnancy. Talk to your healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

  • Are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. The active ingredients of SUBOXONE Film can pass into your milk and may harm your baby. Talk with your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby during treatment with SUBOXONE Film. Watch your baby for increased drowsiness and breathing problems.

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