A new form of a widely used opioid addiction treatment that is injected monthly instead of taken daily as a tablet was approved Thursday by the Food and Drug Administration. Experts say the eagerly anticipated new version of the drug may help patients reduce relapses, disrupt the treatment market, and possibly dispel misconceptions about the drug’s potential for abuse.

Indivior is the first company to gain approval for a monthly injection of buprenorphine. The company is best known for Suboxone, a daily formulation that combines buprenorphine with naloxone into a film that dissolves under the tongue.

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  • Do you get the same feeling everyday like you would if you would be doing the sublingual films and letting them dissolve under your tongue

  • Who is authorized to prescribe this med in Tx.

    My son has been on subaxan 8 2 for two yrs. The treatment is good, but he told me that he he prefers a prescribed injection rather than tape..

    Pls. Help

    His doc has not yet offered injections.

  • I think the injection of Suboxone is a wonderful thing & prevents patients from overusing or selling their tablets .More Doctors need to get on board with this treatment. I know many people who have successfully used Suboxone to treat their addiction & several who after long treatment are now totally drug free . Suboxone & drugs like Suboxone have saved countless lives & people need to stop thinking that it’s trading one narcotic for another . Suboxone is a safe alternative to drug addiction & unlike other narcotics you do not need higher & higher doses to maintain. Most patients stay on the same dose through out treatment until they are ready to stop treatment & then it is slowly reduced.Ive heard of very few overdoses of Suboxone when patients are not also taking other narcotics. Suboxone is a true life saver . I hope the new injection if Suboxone will come down price wise .

  • I have been on Suboxone strips for 10 years 16 mg.With one year off in 2016 due to the dr I was seeing up and quit.I tried my best to stay off of any kind of drugs.Well I could not due to the terrible withdraws (physical) that lasted well over a month.I feel Suboxone is way more addictive then any pain medication out there.I got back on Suboxone in 2017 and im still at 16 mg,but last month my dr ask if i would be willing to try shot?I thought about and said yes.Just because it will break the cycle of taking two strips a day.Because the hardest thing about being an addict is learning how to live with everyday stress without using.

    • I need a better solution instesf of of taking orally. Help me find a doctor to administer the shot. Thank you

    • I totally agree with you. Suboxone is almost a miracle drug in my opinion.Where other narcotics require higher & higher doses The Suboxone treatment does not require more & more & ive known many people who have successfully completed treatment & are now drug free! I also think the shot is a great idea because there is no chance of some addict stealing your meds & yes it’s great that you’re not forced to take medication every day.I wish you the best of luck!

    • I am in a similar boat. I have been taking one 8mg a day for about 6 years. I am in good health but I really want off these things and can’t trust myself to taper. My doctor offered this to me today when I was picking up my script.

      I am seriously considering it at the least to make tapering easier and at most to get out of the habit of taking something every time I wake up and after dinner.

      I’m concerned though that the shot will be more powerful than the 8mg I take per day and raise my addiction. I’d really like more information.

      Anyone doing this currently and recommends it?

  • My daughter was in the trial she had her last injection about a year half ago. She has tested positive for bup and opiates on and off since. She also still has 2 bumps that haven’t gone away. How long will this happen

    • Your a nice lady.I have been using buprenorphine for 10 years and i take a drug test nearly 12x a year and I have never failed for opiates so im afraid that someone is lying to you mam. It’s impossible too fail for anything other than Buprenorphine when taking Buprenorphine.The tests look for certain metabolites and there is no connection between opiates and Buprenorphine when it comes to urine,Saliva and hair.
      It’s your choice what you believe but Sublocade is not at fault here,
      I assure you like 2+2=4 you been lied too.

    • Desiree, the only way your daughter could have tested positive for Buprenorphine or opiates, is if she had taken them. I believe she is the one lying to you.

  • AMEN TO SUNOXONE MEDICINE WHICH HAS SAVED MY LIFE BETWEEN IT AND THE GRACE OF GOD I AM NO LONGER AN ADDICT AND WOULD LOVE TO TRY THIS MEDICINE ALTHOUGH I DONT KNOW IF INSURANCE WILL COVER IT FOR ME YET I AM NOW A PRODUCTIVE PERSON OF SOCIETY AND GOOD MOTHER OF MY TWO TEENAGE DAUGHTERS ALTHOUGH IM ON SUBOXONE SUBLINGUAL NOW MY ADDICT BRAIN STILL WANTS TO OVER TAKE DUE TO PAIN EVEN THOUGH I KNOW ITS NOT A PAIN MED IT DOES HELP AND WHEN I OVER TAKE RUN OUT STILL FORCED TO BUY IT ON THE STREETS IT HAS BEEN HARD TO MAKE IT BUT BESIDES THAT I DID PLUS PEOPLE WILL STEAL IT FROM U OR BEG FOR IT TELLING U THEIR SICK THIS WILL STOP THE LAST LITTLE BIT OF ADDICTION PROBLEMS THAT I FACE TAKING THROUGH INJECTION ONCE A MONTH WILL BE A BLESSING TY FOR HELPING THOSE OF US WHOM HAVE ACTUALLY BEGAN TAKING THE STEPS TO CLEAN OUR LIVES UP MY CHILDREN TY TOO

  • I am the first person in my county and my small town to try this shot and I am a heroin addict. I want to say that I am surprised this shot has helped me in every way I am now clean and sober going on 3 months. Since I’ve been on this shot I have zero cravings to use and attempted once all, it was useless didn’t ever feel a thing. Didn’t work at all. This shot is in fact a miracle. Greatest gift that has ever been giving to me in my entire life.

    • I have never had the new injectible Suboxone but did successfully use the Suboxone tablet.I think it is a wonderful medication.I know how awful addiction is & how it controls your life .I love how Suboxone treatment works & despite what some Doctors & government officials think it’s not trading one narcotic for another.It is highly effective & is a true life saver .I hope you begin the treatment & I wish you the best of luck & if my experience & other people I know holds true I’m almost totally positive that you will succeed & finally beat your addiction for good !

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