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Suboxone Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is buprenorphine and naloxone (Suboxone)?
- What are the possible side effects of buprenorphine and naloxone (Suboxone)?
- What is the most important information I should know about buprenorphine and naloxone (Suboxone)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking buprenorphine and naloxone (Suboxone)?
- How should I take buprenorphine and naloxone (Suboxone)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Suboxone)?
- What happens if I overdose (Suboxone)?
- What should I avoid while taking buprenorphine and naloxone (Suboxone)?
- What other drugs will affect buprenorphine and naloxone (Suboxone)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking buprenorphine and naloxone (Suboxone)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to buprenorphine or naloxone (Narcan).
To make sure buprenorphine and naloxone is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
- asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), sleep apnea, or other breathing disorder;
- enlarged prostate, urination problems;
- liver disease;
- kidney disease;
- curvature of the spine that affects breathing;
- underactive thyroid;
- gallbladder disease;
- Addison's disease (an adrenal gland disorder);
- a history of mental illness, hallucinations, or psychotic episode;
- a history of drug or alcohol addiction; or
- a history of seizures, head injury, or brain tumor.
Buprenorphine may be habit forming. Never share buprenorphine and naloxone with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether buprenorphine and naloxone will harm an unborn baby. Buprenorphine and naloxone may cause addiction or withdrawal symptoms in your newborn if you take the medication during pregnancy. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
Buprenorphine can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while using this medicine.
Do not give buprenorphine and naloxone to anyone under 18 years old without medical advice. The use of this medicine by a child can result in death. Seek emergency medical attention if a child has accidentally swallowed the medication.
How should I take buprenorphine and naloxone (Suboxone)?
Using buprenorphine improperly will increase your risk of serious side effects or death. Even if you have used other narcotic medications, you may still have serious side effects from buprenorphine.
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Never take this medicine in larger amounts, or for longer than prescribed. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results.
Before taking this medicine, drink a glass of water to moisten your mouth. Place the sublingual tablet or sublingual film under the tongue and allow it to dissolve. Do not chew the tablet or film, and do not swallow it whole.
This medication comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Do not stop using buprenorphine and naloxone suddenly after long-term use, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to avoid withdrawal symptoms when you stop using buprenorphine and naloxone.
Never crush a tablet or dissolve a film to mix into a liquid for injecting the drug into your vein. This practice has resulted in death with the misuse of buprenorphine and similar prescription drugs.
Wear a medical alert tag or carry an ID card stating that you take buprenorphine and naloxone. Any medical care provider who treats you should know that you are being treated for narcotic addiction. Make sure your family members know you are using buprenorphine in case they need to speak for you during an emergency.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the sublingual film in the foil pouch until ready to use. After opening a pouch, you must use the medicine right away. Discard the empty pouch in a place children and pets cannot get to.
Keep track of the amount of medicine used from each new bottle. Buprenorphine is a drug of abuse and you should be aware if anyone is using your medicine improperly or without a prescription.
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