Buprenorphine more commonly known as Suboxone is a unique medication used to treat opioid use disorder.

It comes in multiple forms: tablets, sublingual film, and long-acting injection giving it a lot of versatility when helping patients stop opioid use and maintain remission.

Buprenorphine has several advantages over treatments like Methadone and Naltrexone for opioid use disorder:

  • Compared to methadone it has fewer side effects and less risk of overdose when combined with other abused substances.
  • Easier to access than methadone due to less strict federal regulations.
  • Unfortunately, relapse is common with opioid abuse. While naltrexone can be a good tool, buprenorphine offers more protection from overdose during relapse.

Common side effects include:

  • Constipation
  • Sedation
  • Tooth decay (sublingual)

Rare side effects:

  • Extremity swelling
  • Urinary retention
  • Elevated or decreased blood pressure
  • Heart arrhythmia
  • Increase liver enzymes
  • Dizziness