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When and How to Receive a Buprenorphine Injection

Some general considerations include the following:
 
  • This medication comes as an injection. It can be injected into a muscle or given by IV. It is usually given every four to six hours.
 
  • If pain is not adequately controlled after the first dose, a second dose can be given 30 to 60 minutes after the initial dose.
 
  • This medication is a controlled substance because it can be abused. Proper storage and disposal are important to prevent theft. Keep the medication in a safe place.
 
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be given as prescribed.
 

Storage Information

The buprenorphine injection should be stored at room temperature, protected from prolonged exposure to light. Keep this and all other medications out of the reach of children and pets. Because the buprenorphine injection is a potential drug of abuse, store it in a safe place to prevent theft.
 

Is There a Generic Version?

This medication is available in generic form. However, generic versions of the buprenorphine injection come in vials, rather than ampules (see Generic Buprenex).
 

Who Makes Buprenorphine Injection?

The buprenorphine injection is manufactured by Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
 

Available Strengths

This medication comes in one strength -- 1-mL ampules, which contain 3 mg of buprenorphine each. Ampules are small glass containers that are opened by snapping (breaking) the glass at the neck. In the unlikely event that you will be using this medication at home, make sure that you (or your caregiver) know how to safely open an ampule.
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