Buprenorphine

Buprenorphine is an opioid medicine similar to morphine, codeine, and heroin. It targets the same places in the brainthat opioids do. It relieves drug cravings without giving you the same high as other opioid drugs.Buprenorphine

Buprenorphine can cause side effects similar to other opioids and also can cause physical dependence.Buprenorphine

Why It Is Used

Buprenorphine

Buprenorphine can help treat addiction to opioid drugs, including heroin and narcotic painkillers. It prevents or reduces withdrawal symptoms caused by quitting these drugs.Buprenorphine

How Well It Works

Research has shown that buprenorphine is effective for treating opioid addiction.1

Side Effects

Buprenorphine

All medicines have side effects. But many people don’t feel the side effects, or they are able to deal with them. Ask your pharmacist about the side effects of each medicine you take. Side effects are also listed in the information that comes with your medicine.Buprenorphine

Here are some important things to think about:

  • Usually the benefits of the medicine are more important than any minor side effects.
  • Side effects may go away after you take the medicine for a while.
  • If side effects still bother you and you wonder if you should keep taking the medicine, call your doctor. He or she may be able to lower your dose or change your medicine. Do not suddenly quit taking your medicine unless your doctor tells you to.