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Some products that may interact with this medication include: narcotic antagonists (such as naltrexone), certain narcotic pain medications (mixed narcotic agonist-antagonists such as butorphanol, nalbuphine, pentazocine).
Many drugs besides buprenorphine may affect the heart rhythm (QT prolongation), including amiodarone, bretylium, disopyramide, dofetilide, ibutilide, procainamide, quinidine, sotalol, among others.
Other medications can affect the removal of buprenorphine from your body, which may affect how buprenorphine works. Examples include azole antifungals (such as ketoconazole), HIV protease inhibitors (such as atazanavir), macrolide antibiotics (such as erythromycin), rifamycins (such as rifabutin), St. John's wort, drugs used to treat seizures (such as carbamazepine, phenytoin), among others.
The risk of serious side effects (such as slow/shallow breathing, severe drowsiness, dizziness) may be increased if this medication is taken with other products that may also affect breathing or cause drowsiness. Therefore, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking other products such as alcohol, allergy or cough-and-cold products, anti-seizure drugs (such as phenobarbital), medicine for sleep or anxiety (such as alprazolam, diazepam, zolpidem), muscle relaxants, other narcotics (such as hydrocodone, oxycodone), and psychiatric medicines (such as risperidone, amitriptyline, trazodone). Your medications or doses of your medications may need to be changed.
Check the labels on all your medicines (such as allergy or cough-and-cold products) because they may contain ingredients that cause drowsiness. Ask your pharmacist about using those products safely.
Deaths have occurred when this medication has been misused by injecting it ("shooting up"), especially when used in combination with benzodiazepines (such as diazepam) or other depressants such as alcohol or additional narcotics.
OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. Symptoms of overdose may include: slow breathing, slow heartbeat, loss of consciousness.
NOTES: Do not share this medication with others. It is against the law.
Tell all of your doctors that you use this medication and have regularly used narcotics, especially in cases of emergency treatment.
Laboratory and/or medical tests (such as liver function tests, urine drug screening) should be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check for side effects. Consult your doctor for more details.
MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
STORAGE: Store in a secure place at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Read the Medication Guide for details. In the US, the FDA recommends flushing this medication down the toilet. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
Information last revised February 2015. Copyright(c) 2015 First Databank, Inc.
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