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Buprenorphine and Naloxone

Buprenorphine and naloxone is a drug prescribed for treating opioid dependence. Although it is an opioid, this drug is less likely to be abused because it contains naloxone. If someone injects this drug, the naloxone counteracts the effects of the opioid buprenorphine. This medication comes as sublingual tablets and films, which are dissolved under the tongue once daily. Common side effects include constipation, nausea, and headaches.

What Is Buprenorphine and Naloxone?

Buprenorphine and naloxone (Suboxone®) 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 two forms: a tablet that is dissolved under the tongue (a sublingual tablet) and a film that dissolves under the tongue (a sublingual film).
 
Not all healthcare providers can prescribe buprenorphine and naloxone. For a healthcare provider to be able to prescribe this medication, he or she must take a special class and must have a special registration.
 
If you are having trouble finding a healthcare provider who can prescribe buprenorphine and naloxone, try asking various healthcare providers, such as your pharmacist or your primary healthcare provider. Addiction treatment centers are also likely to be able to help you find a prescriber. Also, the manufacturer's Web site provides a list healthcare provider's certified to prescribe buprenorphine and naloxone.
 
Unlike most other medications used to treat opioid dependence, buprenorphine and naloxone can be dispensed by pharmacies in an outpatient setting, rather than by special dependence clinics.
 
(Click What Is Buprenorphine and Naloxone Used For? for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)
 
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