If you swallow Suboxone, it won’t work correctly. Suboxone contains two active ingredients, and neither work well when swallowed.
If you’re using Suboxone for an opioid use disorder (OUD), swallowing your dose will not allow it to be properly absorbed by the body, and the medication will not work.
Suboxone is designed for sublingual (underneath your tongue) administration. Always follow your doctor’s instructions when using this medication.
The medication will not work as intended when you swallow Suboxone instead of dissolving it under your tongue.
For a regular Suboxone user, swallowing the medication will not work. It won’t lessen withdrawal symptoms and certainly won’t result in a high.
Suboxone is designed for sublingual (underneath the tongue) administration. Buprenorphine accesses the brain and binds to opioid receptors, easing withdrawal symptoms and preventing cravings for other opioids.
To use your medication, do the following:
You shouldn't experience Suboxone side effects, such as these:
If you do, your buprenorphine dose may be either too high or too low. Talk to your doctor to adjust it.
Suboxone is taken under the tongue (sublingually) due to its unique pharmacology.
Unlike many other pill medications, buprenorphine (the main active ingredient in Suboxone) does not get well absorbed if it is digested in the stomach. Instead, it is absorbed much better through the mucosa of the mouth. For this reason, it is produced in a tablet or film form that easily dissolves sublingually. 
Because Suboxone is designed to work when dissolved under the tongue, swallowing it means most of it will not get absorbed. You will therefore not experience the effects of the medications, or at least not the extent to which you would were you to properly ingest it under the tongue.
In addition, Suboxone may bother the stomach so swallowing it may result in nausea, vomiting, or abdominal upset.
When taken as prescribed, Suboxone has a very low potential for overdose and effectively treats opioid use disorder. It will not cause addiction when used for this purpose. It is an incredibly effective medication for the long-term treatment of OUD.
To use your medication, take these steps:
Suboxone will not work as intended if you swallow it since it is designed to be dissolved either under the tongue or in the cheek. Be sure to take medications like Suboxone as prescribed by your doctor.
If you swallow buprenorphine, a limited amount of the medication may be absorbed into your bloodstream through your stomach lining, but it won’t bring the desired effects. You will not get high from swallowing buprenorphine. You may also experience nausea, vomiting or stomach upset.
Subutex contains buprenorphine, just like Suboxone does. This medication doesn't work well when it is swallowed. Swallowing Subutex will not result in effective absorption of the medication, and may result in nausea, vomiting or stomach upset.