How Are Suboxone Strips Taken Correctly?

March 30, 2023

Suboxone strips, like Suboxone tablets, consist of buprenorphine and naloxone, medications designed to treat opioid use disorder (OUD). The medication is delivered in small films that dissolve sublingually (under the tongue) or buccally (against the inside of the cheek).

Do I need to refrigerate my Suboxone strips?

There is no need to refrigerate this medication, but store it in a cool, dry place.

Should I eat before taking Suboxone strips?

It is best to have something to eat about 15 to 30 minutes before taking the film, to avoid an upset stomach.

Do Suboxone strips have a taste?

Many patients find the flavor of Suboxone strips somewhat unpleasant but usually learn to tolerate it in a short time.

How do I take Suboxone strips correctly?

  • Remove the strip from the package carefully, making sure not to break or dissolve the film.
  • Wet your mouth with a little water so that the film will dissolve easily.
  • Sit up and place the film under your tongue, and do not talk, chew, suck, or swallow the film. This will allow the medication to be absorbed directly into your bloodstream, bypassing the stomach.
  • Once the film is entirely dissolved, either swallow or spit out your saliva.
  • Swish water around your mouth and swallow.
  • After 30 minutes, brush your teeth to avoid any cavities.
  • Wait at least an hour before eating to allow the medication to circulate through your system unhindered by nutrients.

How long before the medication starts to work?

The effects of a Suboxone strip will start about 10 to 30 minutes after dissolving.

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