You can take either. Buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) films/strips vs tablets/pills have similar clinical outcomes, which means both films and tablets reduce opioid cravings, withdrawal symptoms, and overdose risk. There are a few main differences:
- Buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) tablets are less expensive than Suboxone films, which is most notable for patients paying out-of-pocket for their medication (that is, folks with no health insurance to cover prescription costs).
- Some people have a taste preference for buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) films vs tablets, though both need to dissolve in the mouth (Do not swallow either films or tablets). Many people prefer buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) films because they dissolve faster and may taste less bitter.
Regardless of if you choose treatment with buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) films or tablets, both are well-supported by research to reduce opioid cravings, withdrawal symptoms, and overdose risk.