Incorrect use of this med increases the risk of serious side effects or death. Even if you used other drugs, you can still have serious side effects from taking buprenorphine. Carefully follow the dosage instructions.
Like other narcotic drugs, buprenorphine can slow your breathing. If breathing becomes too weak, death may occur.
Never crush the tablet to mix with the intravenous fluids. This practice led to death as a result of the misuse of this med and similar drugs.
In case of emergency, always carry a medical contra-indication card or document indicating that you are taking buprenorphine (subutex). Any doctor, dentist or emergency doctor treating you should know that you are being treated for drug dependence.
Avoid drinking alcohol that can increase some of the side effects of this medicine. Excessive use of this drug with alcohol can lead to death.
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After prolonged use, do not stop taking it abruptly, otherwise abnormal withdrawal symptoms may occur. Ask your doctor how to avoid withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking buprenorphine. It may be necessary to gradually reduce the dose before completely stopping the treatment of drug addiction or dependence that arose from the use of this drug.
This medication may impair mental activity or reaction rate. Avoid driving a car or controlling any equipment until you know how buprenorphine will affect you.