Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets
People who are dependent on opioid medications may be prescribed sublingual buprenorphine (Subutex®). This medicine comes as small tablets, which are placed under the tongue until they dissolve. Do not chew, swallow, or suck on the tablets, as this will reduce the effectiveness of the drug.
Sublingual buprenorphine tablets are available in two strengths: 2 mg and 8 mg. Your dose will depend on several factors, such as the type and dosage of other opioid medications you have been taking and other medical conditions you may have, among other things.
(To learn more about these tablets, click Sublingual Buprenorphine. This article discusses how this drug works, lists possible side effects, and explains why this medicine may not be suitable for some people.)