Buprenorphine is an FDA approved controlled medication that is used to treat opioid use disorder (OUD). Buprenorphine is an opioid that can help support recovery because it reduces cravings and withdrawal symptoms, and blocks the effects of stronger and more dangerous opioids. Buprenorphine can be taken as a daily pill/film, or it can be taken by ma monthly shot. The name of the shot is SUBLOCADE.
Buprenorphine can be used for detoxification or maintenance therapy. Maintenance therapy can continue as long as medically necessary; it is recommended that buprenorphine treatment lasts for at least six (6) months.
SUBLOCADE is a long-acting form of buprenorphine that is given every 28 days in the abdomen. The usual starting dose is 300 mg. Generally, after two (2) months the dose is decreased to 100 mg monthly.