How to Take Suboxone Tablets

March 14, 2023

Suboxone tablets are composed of two medications, buprenorphine and naloxone, and are prescribed to treat opioid use disorder. The tablets are placed sublingually (under the tongue) or buccally (in the cheek) so that they can be absorbed through the mucus membrane, bypassing the stomach.

What doses does Suboxone come in?

The most common Suboxone tablet dose is 8 mg, but smaller doses are available—even though all tablets are the same physical size. They should be stored in a cool, dry place, and refrigeration is not necessary.

Do Suboxone tablets have a taste?

Some patients find the flavor unpalatable, but fortunately most learn to tolerate it.

Should I eat before taking Suboxone tablets?

To avoid getting an upset stomach, have a small snack 15 to 30 minutes before taking your medication

How do I take Suboxone tablets correctly?

  • Make sure your mouth is empty when taking your Suboxone.
  • Take a sip of water to wet your mouth and place the tablet either under your tongue or against your cheek.
  • Do not chew, suck, or swallow the tablet, and do not talk while it is in your mouth.
  • The tablet will generally dissolve in 5 minutes or less.
  • After the tablet is fully dissolved, brush your teeth to avoid cavities.

The effects of the medication start in about 10 to 30 minutes. Wait 30 or more minutes before eating, so that the Suboxone will be able to have its full effect, unhindered by any circulating nutrients.

Do Suboxone tablets have side effects?

As is true of any medication, Suboxone can show side effects in some patients. These may include the following:

  • Nausea is common with the first dose and generally goes away with continued use.
  • Euphoria is sometimes seen, and can last a few minutes to a few hours.
  • Headache
  • Back pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Tongue pain
  • Mouth numbness
  • Blurred vision
  • Insomnia
  • Constipation

Should I avoid certain substances when taking Suboxone?

While taking Suboxone, do not drink alcohol, and avoid benzodiazepine, since the combination can depress your brain’s respiratory center, causing a dangerous slowing of your breathing. Herbal teas and other medications can interact with Suboxone, so report any herbal preparations you are taking to your physician.

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