Buprenorphine and naloxone sublingual tablet is used to treat opioid (narcotic) dependence or addiction. Buprenorphine and naloxone buccal film, sublingual film, or sublingual tablet is used for induction and maintenance treatment of opioid (narcotic) dependence. It should be used in patients who have already been treated with buprenorphine sublingual tablets.
When a narcotic medicine is used for a long time, it may become habit-forming, causing mental or physical dependence. Physical dependence may lead to withdrawal side effects if the narcotic is stopped suddenly. Severe withdrawal side effects can usually be prevented when a person is switched to buprenorphine and naloxone combination. It acts on the central nervous system (CNS) to help prevent the withdrawal side effects.
Using the sublingual tablet:
- Do not cut, crush, chew, or swallow it.
- Place the tablet under the tongue until it is dissolved.
- If you take 2 or more tablets at a time, place all of the tablets in different places under the tongue at the same time.
- If this is uncomfortable, place 2 tablets at a time under the tongue and repeat the process until all the tablets have been taken.
- Do not eat or drink anything until the tablets are completely dissolved.