Use the Suboxone® treatment exactly as directed by the provider. Follow all directions on the prescription label. This medicine can slow or stop a patient’s breathing. The provider may occasionally change the dose. Never use Suboxone® in larger amounts, or for longer than prescribed.
This medicine may be habit-forming. Never share this medicine with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. MISUSE OF NARCOTIC MEDICINE CAN CAUSE ADDICTION, OVERDOSE, OR DEATH, especially in a child or other person using the medicine without a prescription. Selling or giving away Suboxone® is against the law.
Read all patient information, medication guides, and instruction sheets provided from the provider. Ask the provider or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Use dry hands when handling a Suboxone® sublingual tablet or film. Drink a glass of water to moisten mouth. Place the sublingual tablet or sublingual film under the tongue and allow it to dissolve. Place the buccal film in the mouth against the inside of the cheek and allow it to dissolve. Do not chew or cut a tablet or film, and do not swallow it whole.
If you switch between medicines containing buprenorphine, you may not use the same dose for each one. Follow all directions carefully.
Do not stop using the Suboxone® treatment suddenly, or the patient could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask the provider how to safely stop using this medicine.
A patient will need frequent blood tests to check his/her liver function.
Wear a medical alert tag or carry an ID card stating that you take this medicine. Any medical care provider who treats you should know that you are being treated for narcotic addiction. Make sure your family members know you are using this medicine in case they need to speak for you during an emergency.
Never crush or break a Suboxone® tablet to inhale the powder or mix it into a liquid to inject the drug into your vein. This practice has resulted in death.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep this medicine in the foil pouch until ready to use. Discard the empty pouch in a place children and pets cannot get to.
Keep track of the amount of medicine used from each new bottle. Buprenorphine is a drug of abuse and you should be aware if anyone is using your medicine improperly or without a prescription.
Do not keep unused Suboxone® that is no longer needed. Ask your pharmacist where to locate a drug take-back disposal program. If there is no take-back program, flush any unused medicine down the toilet.