Buprenex (Buprenorphine) 0.30mg/ml is an opioid medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic.
Buprenex (Buprenorphine) 0.30mg/ml 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 Buprenex (Buprenorphine) 0.30mg/ml
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 Buprenex (Buprenorphine) 0.30mg/ml?
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.
Buprenorphine 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.