FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – PATIENTS

SUBOXONE (Buprenorphine HC1/Naloxone HC1 Dihydrate) Sublingual Tablet


Why do I have to feel sick to start the medication for it to work best?


When you take your first dose of SUBOXONE, if you already have high levels of another opioid in your system, the SUBOXONE will compete with those opioid molecules and replace them at the receptor sites. Because SUBOXONE has milder opioid effects than full agonist opioids, you may go into a rapid opioid withdrawal and feel sick, a condition called “precipitated withdrawal.”

 
By already being in mild to moderate withdrawal when you take your first dose of SUBOXONE, the medication will make you feel noticeably better, not worse.