Buprenorphine (pronounced bew-pre-nor-feen) is taken as a replacement in the treatment of heroin and methadone dependence.
Pharmacotherapy use of drugs to treat Heroin/Opioid addiction:
Methadone and Buprenorphine are opioids taken as a replacement for heroin and other opioids as part of treatment for dependence on these drugs.
Replacing a drug of dependence with a prescribed drug in this way is known as pharmacotherapy.
How effective is it?
Methadone and Buprenorphine treatment is more likely to be successful if it is part of a comprehensive treatment program, which addresses the body, mind and environment in which heroin has been used.
Slang names Bup, B
How is it used?
There are two pharmaceutical formulations of buprenorphine available for people on pharmacotherapy treatment(VIC); Suboxone Sublingual Film® –
A combination of buprenorphine and naloxone (also known as Narcan®).
This is the most widely used form and Subutex Sublingual Tablets® – Contains only buprenorphine.
Suboxone Sublingual Film® is a lime-flavoured, rectangular, orange film, which is placed under the tongue to dissolve.
Subutex Sublingual Tablets® are also placed under the tongue to dissolve. Neither will work properly if chewed or swallowed.
Visible signs of potential buprenorphine use:
Tiredness or drowsiness
Loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting
Skin rashes, itching or hives
Please note the effects listed in this information do not automatically indicate that a person is under the influence of illicit drugs. This is only a guide to the possibility.