What is buprenorphine sublingual?
Buprenorphine is an opioid medication, sometimes called a narcotic.
Buprenorphine oral (sublingual, given under the tongue) is used to treat opioid addiction.
Other forms of buprenorphine are used to treat moderate to severe pain. Buprenorphine sublingual is not for use as a pain medication.
Buprenorphine sublingual may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Buprenorphine sublingual tablets are not for use as a pain medication.
Buprenorphine can slow or stop your breathing, and may be habit-forming. MISUSE OF NARCOTIC MEDICINE CAN CAUSE ADDICTION, OVERDOSE, OR DEATH, especially in a child or other person using the medicine without a prescription.
Taking this medicine during pregnancy may cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the newborn.
Fatal side effects can occur if you use this medicine with alcohol, or with other drugs that cause drowsiness or slow your breathing.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to buprenorphine, or:
- if you have used another narcotic drug within the past 4 hours.
To make sure buprenorphine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- methadone treatment;
- any type of breathing problem or lung disease;
- abnormal curvature of the spine that affects breathing;
- liver disease (especially hepatitis B or C);
- kidney disease;
- enlarged prostate, urination problems;
- a head injury or brain tumor;
- alcoholism, hallucinations, mental illness; or
- problems with your stomach, gallbladder, adrenal gland, or thyroid.
Some medicines can interact with buprenorphine and cause a serious condition called serotonin syndrome. Be sure your doctor knows if you also take stimulant medicine, herbal products, or medicine for depression, mental illness, Parkinson’s disease, migraine headaches, serious infections, or prevention of nausea and vomiting. Ask your doctor before making any changes in how or when you take your medications.
If you use buprenorphine while you are pregnant, your baby could become dependent on the drug.This can cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the baby after it is born. Babies born dependent on habit-forming medicine may need medical treatment for several weeks. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.