SUBOXONE® Sublingual Film

SUBOXONE® Sublingual Film contains buprenorphine and naloxone -- a prescription drug used to treat opioid dependence in adults. As a Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), it treats dependence of both opioid prescription painkillers and heroin.

SUBOXONE film is designed to suppress opiate withdrawal symptoms and reduce opiate cravings. Itis dispensed in the form of a rectangular orange film featuring a white printed logo. Each film is packaged individually and wrapped child-resistant packaging. SUBOXONE film is placed under the tongue, and the medication is absorbed into the bloodstream through the blood vessels beneath the tongue.

SUBOXONE can be used at home, which makes it a discreet way of treating opioid dependence/addiction. It comes in 2 mg, 4 mg, 8 mg and 12 mg doses, essentially eliminating problems with under or over-medicating.

Houston Suboxone Center prescribes SUBOXONE Sublingual Film via telehealth to patients in the entire Greater Houston area, including East Downtown, Midtown, the Woodlands, Kingwood, Greater Heights, Neartown - Montrose, Cinco Ranch, Sugarland, University Place, Northside and other areas.

Side Effects of SUBOXONE Sublingual Film

Common side effects of SUBOXONE film include the following:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headache
  • Sweating
  • Drug-withdrawal syndrome
  • Constipation
  • Numb mouth
  • Painful tongue
  • Redder-than-usual oral cavity
  • Feeling of intoxication
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Insomnia
  • Disturbance in attention
  • Blurred vision
  • Back pain
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Sleepiness

SUBOXONE film can be addictive in and of itself, and a patient who suddenly stops using it can experience symptoms of withdrawal. A patient should not stop taking SUBOXONE film before consulting with a healthcare provider. INDIVIOR®, the manufacturer of SUBOXONE, instructs that it should only be used "as part of complete treatment program that also includes counseling and behavioral therapy."

Benefits of SUBOXONE

In addition to helping with opioid withdrawal and the cravings that accompany it, because it comes in a form that cannot be crushed into a powder, SUBOXONE film discourages misuse or abuse. Another benefit is that its manufacturer offers support to SUBOXONE patients through its Here to Help® Program, which teaches, among other things, how to manage opioid dependence as a chronic disease. The program also offers e-mail support that gives patients guidance about treatment.

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