Suboxone Vs. Buprenorphine

Suboxone Vs. Buprenorphine

Suboxone is a very common medication used for treating opioid addiction. The drug contains two medicines – Buprenorphine and Naloxone. It works as a partial opioid agonist and it helps patients with addiction in getting rid of addicted drugs. Only doctors can prescribe the right medicine by assessing the dose of drugs. If you are finding the best doctor for your health, Norton Health Care can help you. We have branches in Norton MA and Salem NH. Our doctors are mentioning some important details about the use of Suboxone and Buprenorphine.

Subutex is another common medicine and it contains buprenorphine only. Subutex is not available as a brand. Suboxone and buprenorphine is an approved medicine by the FDA for treating opioid addiction.

Both suboxone and buprenorphine have been used for suppressing the withdrawal symptoms when people stop taking the drugs that they abused. They are also prescribed for the maintenance phase to take care of the withdrawal symptoms and cravings.

Suboxone comes as an oral film which you can place under your tongue (sublingual) or in your cheeks (buccal). Buprenorphine comes as an oral film, a sublingual tablet, and an implant for under the skin.


Suboxone and buprenorphine are effective for treating withdrawal symptoms at the initial phase of the opioid dependence treatment.

Doctors recommend the medicine suboxone over buprenorphine in the initial as well as the maintenance phase for opioid addiction.

Suboxone is also one of the best medicines for treating the dependence on short-acting opioids including heroin, codeine, morphine, and more.  

Buprenorphine, on the other hand, proves to be the best medicine for treating dependence on long-acting opioids such as methadone.

Both medicines have side effects on their application. Both Suboxone and Buprenorphine cause side effects and they are probably similar.

The side effects are:

  1. Headache
  2. Opioid withdrawal symptoms such as body ache, abdominal cramp
  3. Nausea
  4. Vomiting
  5. Stomach pain
  6. Diarrhea
  7. Anxiety
  8. Insomnia
  9. Sweating
  10. Depression
  11. Constipation

Apart from the common side effects, one can experience serious health issues, including:

  1. Severe allergic reaction
  2. Hormone problems
  3. Liver damage
  4. Severe withdrawal symptoms
  5. Breathing problems

Suboxone is the name of the brand and the drug is also available in the generic version. When it comes to the cost, generic version medicine is cheaper than the brand name medicines. On the other hand, Subutex is no longer available. The medicine is available in the generic version as Buprenorphine.

Don’t take the medicine without the consultation of doctors. Be it suboxone or buprenorphine, you need to consult a doctor for your treatment. Norton Health Care is always with you for the treatment. We have branches in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

Book an appointment with our doctors for your treatments.

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