What is Suboxone?
is a medication approved for the treatment of opiate dependence. It
contains the active ingredient buprenorphine hydrochloride.
How is Suboxone different from the current treatment options for opiate dependence such as methadone?
Currently opiate dependence treatments like methadone can be
dispensed only in a limited number of clinics that specialize in
addiction treatment. There are not enough addiction treatment centers
to help all patients seeking treatment. Suboxone is the first narcotic
drug available under the Drug Abuse Treatment Act (DATA) of 2000 for
the treatment of opiate dependence that can be prescribed in a doctor's
Are patients able to take home supply of Suboxone?
Yes. Suboxone is less tightly controlled than methadone because
Suboxone has a lower potential for abuse and is less dangerous in an
overdose As patients progress in therapy, their doctor may write
a prescription for a take-home supply of the medication.
Who can prescribe Suboxone?
Only qualified doctors with the necessary DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency)
identification number are able to start in-office treament and provide
prescriptions for ongoing medication.
How will Suboxone be supplied?
Suboxone medication comes in 2 mg and 8 mg strengths as sublingual (placed under the tongue to dissolve) tablets.
What are some possible side effects of Suboxone?
Cold or flu-like symptoms
Where can I go for more information?
*Like other opioids Suboxone has been associated with respiratory
depression (difficulty breathing) especially when combined with other
Go to the Suboxone webpage
Contact the CSAT Buprenorphine Information Center at 866-BUP-CSAT, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org