Buprenex

Generic Name: Buprenorphine

  • What is Buprenex?

    Buprenex is a narcotic pain medicine that is used for the relief of moderate to severe pain. Buprenex is administered intravenously (through a vein in your arm) or intramuscularly (injected into the muscle).

    Buprenex is a federally controlled substance because it has abuse potential.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Buprenex?

    Buprenex has abuse potential. Mental and physical dependence can occur with the use of Buprenex when it is used improperly for long periods of time.

    Buprenex can cause serious breathing problems that can become life-threatening, especially when it is used in the wrong way for long periods of time. Tell your doctor if you have any lung or breathing problems (such as asthma); your doctor will continuously monitor you.

  • Who should not take Buprenex?

    Your doctor will not administer Buprenex if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Buprenex?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Buprenex. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have breathing problems or lung diseases, brain problems or head injury, liver or kidney problems, thyroid disorders, adrenal gland problems, disorders that may block the flow of urine, history of or a present drug abuse or addiction problem, or a family history of drug abuse or addiction problem.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults and adolescents ≥13 years: Your doctor will administer the appropriate dose for you intravenously or intramuscularly, based on your condition.

    Children 2-12 years: Your doctor will administer the appropriate dose for your child, based on their weight.

  • How should I take Buprenex?

    Your doctor will administer Buprenex to you.

  • What should I avoid while taking Buprenex?

    Do not miss your scheduled follow-up appointments with your doctor.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Buprenex?

    If Buprenex is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is important to check with your doctor before combining Buprenex with any other medication.

  • What are the possible side effects of Buprenex?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: allergic reactions (such as rash or itchiness), blurred vision, breathing difficulties, changes in your blood pressure or heartbeat, confusion, constipation, dizziness, drowsiness, headache, nausea, sweating, vomiting, weakness

  • Can I receive Buprenex if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Buprenex during pregnancy are unknown. Buprenex can pass into your breast milk and can cause serious harm to your baby. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Buprenex?

    Buprenex should be given under special circumstances determined by your doctor, and will be administered to you by your doctor.

  • How should I store Buprenex?

    Your doctor will store this medication for you.