Suboxone 8 mg
Suboxone 8 mg is a prescription medication that combines buprenorphine and naloxone. It’s used to treat opioid addiction. (Heroin and narcotic painkillers are common opioid drugs.)
Buprenorphine belongs to a class of drugs called opioid partial agonists, which help relieve symptoms of opiate withdrawal. Naloxone is in a class of drugs called opioid antagonists, which reverse the effects of narcotics.
Suboxone comes as a sublingual tablet or film to take under the tongue. It is usually taken once a day.
You should place the tablet under the tongue until it dissolves in two to 10 minutes. If you are taking more two or more tablets, place them all under your tongue at the same time, or two at a time.
Don’t swallow the tablets whole or chew them.
Your doctor may start you on a low dose of buprenorphine alone (Subutex) and increase your dose for several days before switching you to Suboxone for maintenance. Your physician may increase or decrease your dose until the medication works for you.
Symptoms of an overdose may include the following:
Anxiety, tension, and irritability
Feel sleepy and uncoordinated
If you suspect an overdose, you should contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately.
If you miss a dose of Suboxone, take it as soon as you remember.
However, if it’s almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue on your regular dosing schedule. Don’t double up on doses to make up for a missed one.