Why do I need this medicine?
Buprenorphine is used on its own to relieve moderate to severe pain and overdependence or addiction to opioid painkillers e.g. morphine.
Buprenorphine has also been used to treat drug abuse such as heroin.
How do I take this medicine?
Take Buprenorphine exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
You may take Buprenorphine with or without food. Try to take it at the same time each day.
Do not swallow, chew or crush the tablet; it must be placed under your tongue to be effective. Buprenorphine is absorbed into your body through the lining of your mouth.
If you are taking more than 2 tablets for a dose, place 2 at a time or all the tablets under the tongue at the same time until they melt.
For the treatment of overdependence on opioid painkillers or heroin addiction, the first dose of Buprenorphine is usually given at the first sign of withdrawal symptoms or at least 6 hours after the last dose of heroin.
Do not stop taking Buprenorphine unless instructed otherwise, as stopping it suddenly could worsen your condition.