What is Subutex (Sublingual tablets) and Why is it used?
What is Subutex? Well, given the fact that you are here reading this right now means you at least know about Subutex. Subutex is used to treat dependence/addiction to opioids.
Subutex is used to treat dependence on opiate (narcotic) drugs, such as morphine and heroin
in drug addicts who have agreed to be treated for their addiction. It helps to prevent withdrawal symptoms caused by stopping other opioids. It is only one part of the entire treatment regimen.
The other side of the treatment usually involves lifestyle changes, counseling, and psychological support and help.
Subutex contains buprenorphine as the active ingredient which belongs to a class of medicines called opioids. Being an opiate drug, it can cause withdrawal symptoms if it is stopped suddenly. your physician should explain how long you should take this medication when to stop and of course how to do so safely you know.
What does Subutex look like?
Subutex 8mg tablet (buprenorphine) sublingual tablet is an uncoated oval white flat beveled edged tablet, debossed with an alphanumeric word identifying the product and strength on one side.
It certainly isn’t a one size fits all kind of situation. It really depends on the pharmaceutical company, so the packaging and appearance of the tablets may be different.
Subutex or Buprenorphine is available in two dosage strengths, 2 mg buprenorphine and 8 mg buprenorphine (as the free base, equivalent to 2.16 mg buprenorphine hydrochloride USP and 8.64 mg buprenorphine hydrochloride USP).
Each tablet also contains lactose, mannitol, cornstarch, povidone K30, citric acid, sodium citrate and magnesium stearate.
How to take Subutex tablets
I know sometimes swallowing a pill might be faster and the way to go to just get it over with, but not with Subutex. See, the only way to take this medication is to place the tablet under your tongue until it dissolves completely. This might take 5 to 10 minutes.
What about the dosage strength you might wonder.
- For adults and children over the age of 16 years: when beginning treatment the dose is
between 0.8 to 4mg, taken once a day.
- For drug addicts who have not had any withdrawal treatment: one dose of Subutex
should be taken at least 6 hours after the last use of the opioid (narcotic such as morphine or
heroin), or when the first signs of craving appear. If you take it less than six hours after you
use a narcotic you may get withdrawal symptoms.
- For patients taking methadone: before beginning treatment, your doctor should reduce your
dose of methadone to not more than 30mg a day. Subutex may cause withdrawal symptoms
in patients who are dependent on methadone if used within 24 hours of the last dose of
What are the side effects of Subutex sublingual?
Dizziness, Drowsiness, constipation, or headache may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist right away.
To prevent constipation, eat dietary fiber, drink enough water, and exercise. You may also need to take a laxative. Ask your pharmacist which type of laxative is right for you.
For you to reduce the risk of dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position.
What is 8mg Subutex equivalent to?
Past investigations have shown 8 mg sublingual buprenorphine to be comparable to 60 mg oral methadone as far as consistency standard and narcotic negative pee levels.