Bunex (Buprenorphine) 0.20mg is an opioid medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic.
Bunex (Buprenorphine) 0.20mg implant (placed under the skin) is used to treat opioid addiction in certain people whose addiction has already been controlled with other forms of buprenorphine. The implant is for adults and teenagers who are at least 16 years old.
Buprenorphine implants are available only from a certified pharmacy under a special program. Buprenorphine implants are not for use as a pain medication.
Buprenorphine implants may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Important Information Bunex (Buprenorphine) 0.20mg
Talk with your doctor about the risks and benefits of using buprenorphine. Read all patient information, medication guides, and instruction sheets provided to you.
Buprenorphine implants not approved for use by anyone younger than 16 years old.
How is buprenorphine implant given Bunex (Buprenorphine) 0.20mg?
A buprenorphine implant is a 1-inch rod that is inserted through a needle (under local anesthesia) into the skin of your inside upper arm. You will receive a total of 4 implants.
After the implants are inserted, your arm will be covered with 2 bandages. Remove the top bandage after 24 hours, but leave the smaller bandage on for 3 to 5 days. Keep the area clean and dry. Apply an ice pack to the area every 2 hours during the first day, leaving the ice pack on for 40 minutes at a time.
Bunex (Buprenorphine) 0.20mg is only part of a complete treatment program that may also include counseling and other types of addiction support. Tell your doctor if the implants are not helping to improve your symptoms of addiction.
What other drugs will affect buprenorphine?
Sometimes it is not safe to use certain medications at the same time. Some drugs can affect your blood levels of other drugs you take, which may increase side effects or make the medications less effective.
Buprenorphine can interact with many other drugs and cause dangerous side effects or death. Be sure your doctor knows if you also use:
- other narcotic medications–opioid pain medicine or prescription cough medicine;
- a sedative like Valium—diazepam, alprazolam, lorazepam, Ativan, Klonopin, Restoril, Tranxene, Versed, Xanax, and others;
- drugs that make you sleepy or slow your breathing–a sleeping pill, muscle relaxer, tranquilizer, antidepressant, or antipsychotic medicine; or
- drugs that affect serotonin levels in your body–a stimulant, or medicine for depression, Parkinson’s disease, migraine headaches, serious infections, or prevention of nausea and vomiting.
This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with buprenorphine, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.