Sublingual buprenorphine is a type of narcotic opioid medication used in the treatment of opioid dependence. It comes in the form of a tablet that dissolves under the tongue and is typically used once daily. Although most people tolerate this medicine well, side effects are possible and may include insomnia, headaches, and infections.
What Is Sublingual Buprenorphine?
Sublingual buprenorphine (Subutex®) is an opioid narcotic used in the treatment of opioid dependence, which may include a dependence on opioid medications such as morphine or oxycodone. It comes in the form of a tablet that is dissolved under the tongue.
Not all healthcare providers can prescribe sublingual buprenorphine. In order for your healthcare provider to be able to prescribe this medication, he or she must take a special class and must have a special registration. Unlike most other medications used to treat opioid dependence, sublingual buprenorphine can be dispensed by pharmacies in an outpatient setting, rather than by special dependence clinics.
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