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How to Take Suboxone Film

Suboxone film, or buprenorphine and naloxone sublingual film, is a medication to treat opioid addiction. If you’re taking Suboxone film as part of your opioid addiction treatment plan, knowing how to handle it properly is essential. To get the medication’s full benefit, you must ensure the film is appropriately absorbed under your tongue.

In this guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know about how to take suboxone film, including how to properly place the film under your tongue, tips for avoiding common mistakes, and frequently asked questions about dosing and storage. Whether you’re just starting a treatment or looking to optimize your current regimen, this guide will provide the information you need on how to take Suboxone film safely and effectively.

What are suboxone films, and are they different from strips?

Suboxone films and strips are the same – a medication used to treat opioid addiction. The active ingredients in Suboxone films/strips are buprenorphine and naloxone, which work together to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

The main difference between Suboxone films/strips and other forms of medication is the way they are taken. Suboxone films and strips are designed to dissolve under the tongue, while other forms of medicine may be swallowed or injected.

Some patients prefer Suboxone films and strips because they are convenient and discreet. They are also less likely to be abused or diverted than other forms of medication.

Suboxone Dosage Types:

Suboxone is available in several different dosage forms, including:

  1. Sublingual tablets: These are small tablets that are placed under the tongue to dissolve. They have several strengths, including 2 mg/0.5 mg, 4 mg/1 mg, 8 mg/2 mg, and 12 mg/3 mg.
  2. Sublingual film: This thin film is placed under the tongue to dissolve. It has several strengths, including 2 mg/0.5 mg, 4 mg/1 mg, 8 mg/2 mg, and 12 mg/3 mg.
  3. Buccal film: This film is placed between the cheek and gum to dissolve. It has two strengths, 75 mcg/18.75 mcg and 150 mcg/37.5 mcg.

The dosage of Suboxone right for you will depend on several factors, including your age, weight, medical history, and the severity of your addiction. 

Tips on How To Take Suboxone Film

Here are some tips for properly taking Suboxone film:

  1. Keep your mouth moist: Before taking the Suboxone film, ensure your mouth is wet. This will help the film dissolve more quickly and thoroughly. If your mouth is dry, drink water before placing the film under your tongue.
  2. Place the film correctly: Suboxone film should be placed under the tongue, against the floor of the mouth. This will help the medication absorb perfectly. Avoid chewing or swallowing the film.
  3. Don’t eat or drink: While the Suboxone film dissolves, try not to eat or drink anything. This will allow the medication to be absorbed more effectively.
  4. Avoid smoking or using tobacco products: Smoking or using tobacco products can interfere with the absorption of Suboxone. Avoiding these products for at least 30 minutes before and after taking the medication is best.
  5. Follow your doctor’s instructions: Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to take Suboxone film, including the dosage and frequency. Follow these instructions carefully to ensure the medication is working effectively.
  6. Dispose of used films properly: Once the Suboxone film has completely dissolved, dispose of it properly. Fold the film in half with the sticky side together, and dispose of it in a trash can that is out of reach of children and pets.

If you have any questions about taking the Suboxone film, contact Addicted Recovery. 

Frequently Asked Questions About How To Take Suboxone Films

How do I take a Suboxone film?

To take the Suboxone film, place it under your tongue and let it dissolve completely. Be sure not to swallow the film or eat or drink anything for at least 15 minutes after taking it. This will help ensure that the medication is absorbed correctly.

How long should I take Suboxone film under my tongue?

It’s best to keep the Suboxone film under your tongue until it completely dissolves. This typically takes about 5 to 10 minutes. During this time, try not to talk, eat, drink, or smoke, as this can interfere with the absorption of the medication.

Can you swallow the Suboxone film?

No, you should not swallow the Suboxone film. The medication is designed to be absorbed through the tissues under your tongue, so eating it can reduce its effectiveness. If you accidentally swallow the film, drink water and inform your doctor.

How much Suboxone film should I take?

The appropriate dose of Suboxone film will depend on your needs and medical history. Your doctor will determine the correct dose for you based on various factors. It’s important to follow your doctor’s instructions carefully and not take more or less than prescribed.

Can you cut the Suboxone film in half?

It’s not recommended to cut the Suboxone film in half. The medication is designed to be taken as a single dose, and cutting the film may interfere with its effectiveness. If you have concerns about your dose, talk to your doctor.

How often do you take Suboxone films?

The frequency of Suboxone film dosing will depend on your individual needs and medical history. Your doctor will determine the appropriate dosing schedule for you. It’s important to follow your doctor’s instructions carefully and not take more or less than prescribed.

Can I drink water after taking the Suboxone film?

Yes, you can drink water after taking the Suboxone film. However, waiting at least 15 minutes after taking the medication before eating, drinking, or smoking is essential. This will help ensure that the medicine is absorbed correctly.

Can you smoke the Suboxone film?

No, you should not smoke Suboxone film. The medication is designed to be absorbed through the tissues under your tongue, and smoking it can reduce its effectiveness. Talk to our doctor if you have concerns about your dose or how to take the medication.

How should I store Suboxone film?

Suboxone film should be stored at room temperature, away from light and moisture. Keep the medication in its original packaging until you can use it. Once the package has been opened, use the medicine right away and dispose of any unused portions.

How long does it take for the Suboxone film to dissolve?

It typically takes about 5 to 10 minutes for Suboxone film to dissolve completely under your tongue. During this time, try not to talk, eat, drink, or smoke, as this can interfere with the absorption of the medication. If you have concerns about how to take the medication, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.How to Take Suboxone Film

References: 

  1. “Suboxone (Buprenorphine and Naloxone) Film for Sublingual Administration.” FDA.

    https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2012/021223s027lbl.pdf

  2. “Suboxone.” Drugs.com.

    https://www.drugs.com/suboxone.html

  3. “Suboxone Film.” National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment (NAABT).

    https://www.naabt.org/faq_answers.cfm?ID=9

  4. “How to Take Suboxone Film.” Recovery Worldwide.

    https://www.recoveryworldwide.com/blog/how-to-take-suboxone-film

  5. “How to Use Suboxone Film.” Verywell Mind.

    https://www.verywellmind.com/how-to-use-suboxone-film-80292

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Medically reviewed by DR.Reckitt.

Claire Wilcox, MD, is a general and addiction psychiatrist in private practice and an associate professor of translational neuroscience at the Mind Research Network in New Mexico; and has completed an addictions fellowship, psychiatry residency, and internal medicine residency. Having done extensive research in the area, she is an expert in the neuroscience of substance use disorders. Although she is interested in several topics in medicine and psychiatry, with a particular focus on substance use disorders, obesity, eating disorders, and chronic pain, her primary career goal is to help promote recovery and wellbeing for people with a range of mental health challenges.

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