How to take suboxone film
How long do you leave Suboxone film under your tongue?
Place buprenorphine-with-naloxone sublingual film under the tongue and keep it there until completely dissolved (4–8 minutes on average). Do not swallow, chew or move the film after it is placed under the tongue, as doing any of these makes the medicine less effective.
Is it OK to cut Suboxone film in half?
SUBOXONE sublingual film must be administered whole. Do not cut, chew, or swallow SUBOXONE sublingual film. Advise patients not to eat or drink anything until the film is completely dissolved.
What happens if you swallow Suboxone instead of letting it dissolve?
The tablets will not work if chewed or swallowed and may cause withdrawal symptoms. Do not talk until the medicine dissolves. Talking while the tablet or film is dissolving can affect how well the medicine is absorbed.
Is it OK to swallow Suboxone?
Do NOT swallow Suboxone.
It is not absorbed in the gut and will only cause constipation or nausea. After about a minute, most of it will dissolve.
Do you spit out Suboxone?
The buprenorphine compound is absorbed into your bloodstream through your tongue. But the naloxone compound isn’t ingested. It stays in your mouth where you can swallow or spit it out.
What is the best way to take Suboxone?
Drink water before taking this medicine to help moisten your mouth. Place the film under the tongue until it is dissolved. If you need to take an additional film, place the new film on the opposite side from the first film. Do not cut, chew, swallow, or move the film after placing it under the tongue.
Is Suboxone used to treat chronic pain?
It is important to reiterate that Suboxone is approved in the United States for treatment of opioid addiction and not for chronic pain. A lower-dose transdermal formulation of buprenorphine (Butrans) is available for the management of moderate to severe chronic pain.
How many times a day should I take Suboxone?
Do not take more than 8 mg (1 tab or film) of buprenorphine on Day One. Day Two: Take one full tablet or film under the tongue. Wait 2 hours. If you still feel bad, take another 1/2 (daily dose is 12mg).
Do you swallow after Suboxone dissolves?
Even if it does not taste good, it is important that you let it sit under your tongue until it is completely dissolved. Do not swallow your saliva until the pill/film has dissolved completely.
Can you take Suboxone 2 times a day?
It is typically not necessary to take buprenorphine more than twice per day unless specified by your doctor as part of a pain management protocol. There is no physical harm in taking the medication multiple times per day, but there may be some psychological attachment issues which we are trying to change.
Is 4 mg of Suboxone a lot?
The recommended target dosage of SUBOXONE sublingual film during maintenance is 16 mg/4 mg buprenorphine/naloxone/day as a single daily dose. Dosages higher than 24 mg/6 mg daily have not been demonstrated to provide a clinical advantage.
Which is better Suboxone film or tablet?
Which is best? Most patients prefer the sublingual strips. While there are generic Suboxone tablets, the primary reason that patients were given prescriptions for the tablets was to save money compared to the cost of the brand Suboxone films. The Suboxone generic tablets tend to take longer to dissolve.
Can you sleep after taking Suboxone?
Insomnia (trouble sleeping) is a common side effect of Suboxone. In one study, insomnia occurred in about 14 percent of people taking Suboxone. This side effect may go away with continued use of the medicine.
How many mg of suboxone can you take in a day?
Dosage Adjustment and Maintenance
In clinical studies many patients were stabilised on a daily maintenance dose of 12 mg/3 mg to 16 mg/4 mg of SUBOXONE, although some patients may require higher doses. A maximum daily dose of 32 mg should not be exceeded.