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Generic: buprenorphine
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It is used to treat certain types of drug dependence.
               



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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
  • medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
  • medicines for fungal infections like fluconazole, itraconazole, ketoconazole, and voriconazole
  • 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

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice. You may develop a severe reaction. Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to take.

Wear a medical identification bracelet or chain to say that you are taking this medicine. Emergency personnel will need to know that you are taking this medicine.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

You will likely have your blood checked before you start taking this medicine.

This medicine will cause constipation. Try to have a bowel movement at least every 2 to 3 days. If you do not have a bowel movement for 3 days, call your doctor or health care professional.

               
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