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Should I take Suboxone pills or Suboxone strips?

Buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) in both the films/strips and tablets/pills formulations are equally effective in treating opioid cravings and withdrawal and preventing overdose and deaths.

Usually, your insurance company determines which formulation of Buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) they will cover and hence which formulation (films/strips vs tabs/pills) you will be prescribed, and this is always changing. 

  • 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).
  • Patients will often say they prefer the taste of one over the other, but this preference is often very individualized. The films/strips do tend to dissolve faster than the tablets/pills though both should be kept under the tongue for at least 15 minutes.

Whether you receive treatment with buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) films/strips or tablets/films, both are considered evidence-based, scientifically proven first-line medication for addiction treatment (MAT) for patients struggling with opioid addiction.

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