- For dependence on short-acting opioids, like heroin or prescription painkillers, SUBOXONE Film, which contains buprenorphine and naloxone, may be recommended to help you begin and maintain continuity of treatment
- When transitioning from dependence on long-acting opioids, like methadone, a buprenorphine-only medication may be recommended
We are waivered to treat opioid dependence and once we prescribe SUBOXONE Film, your treatment can begin. The following are potential stages of treatment with SUBOXONE Film. Only your healthcare provider can decide what is an appropriate treatment plan for you.
- Induction—you begin your treatment (or restart it if you’ve relapsed) under our supervision. For your first dose, you must be in a moderate state of withdrawal. We will work with you to reach a dose of SUBOXONE Film that works.
- Maintenance— We will help you to transition to the maintenance phase of treatment when you:
- Are no longer experiencing withdrawal symptoms
- Have minimal to no side effects
- Do not have uncontrollable cravings
In the maintenance phase, you may be taking your medication regularly as prescribed. You should comply with all of the elements in your treatment plan including responsibly handling the medication, staying free from illicit drug use, and seeking counseling and/or psychosocial support.
- Medical taper—The decision to discontinue therapy with SUBOXONE Film after a period of maintenance should be made as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. It is important that you work with us to determine when the time is right to slowly lower your dose, taking care to minimize withdrawal symptoms. Throughout treatment, you should discuss any concerns you have about relapse with us.