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Last Updated: October 14, 2020

The primary use of this medicine is for the management of moderate to severe pain. Buprenorphine falls under a category of drugs called opioid agonist-antagonists. It is given to people with an addiction or dependence on opioiods. It is used to cure drug abuse. It functions by preventing the withdrawal symptoms caused by drug abuse.

On using Buprenorphine you may experience side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, headache, sedation, nausea, fatigue, headache, xerostomia, hyperhidrosis, vomiting, sweating, fever, irregular heartbeat and difficulty in breathing. If the allergic reactions become severe, seek medical attention right away.

Before taking Buprenorphine inform your doctor of the following conditions, if you have-

  • Any allergies,
  • Any brain disorders
  • Liver/stomach/mental disorders,
  • Diarrhea, constipation, or any infection,
  • Problems urinating,
  • Pregnant or are planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Buprenorphine comes as a sublingual tablet, transdermal film and injectable solution. Dosage should be recommended by the doctor based on your condition. The usual dosage in adults for narcotics addiction is about 8 mg sublingually on day 1 and 16 mg on day 2. In case of drug overdose notify your doctor immediately.

Information given here is based on the salt content of the medicine. Uses and effects of the medicine may vary from person to person. It is advisable to consult a Toxicologist before using this medicine.

This medicine is used for treating the following conditions:

  • Pain

  • Opioid (Morphine) Dependence

  • Moderate To Severe Pain

  • Hypersensitivity

This medicine is known to cause fewer side effects like:

  • Is It safe with alcohol?

    This medicine may cause excessive drowsiness and calmness with alcohol.
  • Are there any pregnancy warnings?

    Buprenorphine may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
    Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. The benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk. Please consult your doctor.
  • Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

    Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.
  • Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?

    Caution is advised when driving or operating machinery.
  • Does this affect kidney function?

    There is no interaction between renal impairment and consuming this drug. So dose alteration is not needed.
  • Does this affect liver function?

    There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
  • What is the onset of action?

    The effect is initiated within 10-30 minutes after its administartion.
  • How long is the duration of effect?

    The duration of this medicine is about 6 to 8 hours.
  • Are there any missed dose instructions?

    If you miss a dose of Buprenorphine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

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This medication falls under the category of an opioid drug that works by triggering opioid receptors in the body to provide relief from pain. It combines with the brain receptors which are responsible for opioid intoxication. This drug binds easily with the receptors and acts as a replacement for stronger opioids like heroin and morphine.

Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.

  • Interaction with Medicine

    • Barbiturate anaesthetics may produce additive respiratory and CNS depression.
    • Respiratory and CV collapse was reported in a patient who received diazepam and Buprenorphine

Ques: What is Buprenorphine?

Ans: Buprenorphine is a type of agonist-antagonists. It is prescribed to patients who have an addiction or dependence on opioids.

Ques: What are the uses of Buprenorphine?

Ans: Buprenorphine is used to treat Pain and Opioid (Morphine) Dependence.

Ques: What are the side effects of Buprenorphine?

Ans: Side effects of this drug include Headache, Dizziness, Vomiting, Sleepiness, Nausea and Constipation.

Ques: Is Buprenorphine an opiate/ opiate blocker/ controlled substance/ painkiller/ addictive?

Ans: Buprenorphine comes under the category of agonist-antagonists. It helps in relieving pain. This drug can be addictive and hence consult your doctor if you experience addiction to this drug.

Ques: Does Buprenorphine block opiates?

Ans: Buprenorphine helps in blocking opiates. It is used to treat Opioid dependence.

Ques: Can Buprenorphine cause depression?

Ans: This drug does not cause depression or anxiety. If you experience such side effects, then consult a doctor as soon as possible.
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What are the dosage instructions?
Medicines containing Buprenorphine
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What are the interactions of Buprenorphine ?
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