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Generic: buprenorphine injection
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It is used to treat moderate to severe pain
               



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What is this medicine?

BUPRENORPHINE (byoo pre NOR feen) is a pain reliever. It is used to treat moderate to severe pain.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • brain tumor
  • drink more than 3 alcohol- containing drinks per day
  • drug abuse or addiction
  • head injury
  • lung disease such as asthma or COPD
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to buprenorphine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for injection into a vein. It is usually given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

If you get this medicine at home, you will be taught how to prepare and give this medicine. Use exactly as directed. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

It is important that you put your used needles and syringes in a special sharps container. Do not put them in a trash can. If you do not have a sharps container, call your pharmacist or healthcare provider to get one.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • butorphanol
  • nalbuphine
  • pentazocine

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • alcohol
  • antibiotics like erythromycin and clarithromycin
  • antihistamines for allergy, cough and cold
  • barbiturates like phenobarbital
  • carbamazepine
  • general anesthetics
  • MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
  • medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
  • medicines for fungal infections like ketoconazole and itraconazole
  • medicines for sleep
  • medicines used to treat HIV infection or AIDS like ritonavir, saquinavir, and indinavir
  • muscle relaxants
  • narcotic medicines (opiates) for pain
  • phenothiazines like chlorpromazine, mesoridazine, prochlorperazine, thioridazine
  • phenytoin
  • rifampin or rifampicin
  • tramadol

               
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