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What Do Suboxone/Buprenorphine Pills Look Like?

Traditional Suboxone tablets or pills are small, orange, and hexagonal.

Suboxone is a brand-name medicine that comes as a sublingual film as well as a tablet or pill. Like the sublingual film, Suboxone pills also dissolve under the tongue.

There are now several generic versions of Suboxone available, along with generic buprenorphine without naloxone. Depending on your finances, what your insurance covers, and how large a dose of buprenorphine you need to maintain stability, your doctor may prescribe one or more of these medications.

Suboxone Tablets & Pills: How to Recognize Them

Suboxone is a combination of buprenorphine, a partial opioid agonist, and naloxone, an opioid antagonist that helps prevent tampering with the Suboxone dose. The expanded use of buprenorphine-based medications in opioid use disorder treatment has allowed thousands of people to get outpatient support to overcome their opioid use disorder (OUD).

Suboxone also comes in a film, which is more commonly prescribed than the tablets. However, you may be prescribed the tablets for a number of reasons. Pills, for example, might be easier to find in your area, easier to dose, have less aftertaste, or offer other benefits compared to the standard sublingual film.

Below, we’ve outlined information on Suboxone and buprenorphine pills, so you can identify them, understand your dose, and learn more about the difference between these medications.

Suboxone Pill Markings

Suboxone

Sublingual tablets or pills of Suboxone typically are hexagonal, orange, and uncoated.[1] They are debossed with an alphanumeric word to identify that it is Suboxone, along with the strength of the pill’s dose.

Each Suboxone pill typically contains buprenorphine and naloxone in a 4:1 ratio, with buprenorphine being the dominant, active ingredient. There are two standard Suboxone tablet doses.[2]

  • 2 mg of buprenorphine, which has 0.5 mg of naloxone: This has either “N2” or “B2” embossed on it.
  • 8 mg of buprenorphine, with 2 mg of naloxone: This has either “N8” or “B8,” embossed on it.

There are other ingredients in Suboxone pills to help the dose release at a stable rate into the body, create the color of the pill, and preserve the medication’s shelf-life. These ingredients include the following:

  • Lactose
  • Mannitol
  • Corn starch
  • Citric acid
  • Sodium citrate
  • Povidone 30
  • FD&C Yellow No. 6
  • Magnesium stearate
  • Acesulfame K sweetener
  • Lemon/lime flavor

Since the medication is designed to dissolve under the tongue, like Suboxone film, the added flavorings can improve the experience of holding the medicine in your mouth for about 15 minutes. However, there are no other Suboxone flavors. 

Generic Buprenorphine/Naloxone

Sublingual buprenorphine/naloxone formulas are also available as generics, which can save some money on prescriptions.[3] These pills are round rather than hexagonal. They have dosage and strength information embossed on them.

  • A 14: This generic pill is orange and circular, with A 14 embossed on the front. It comes with 2 mg of buprenorphine.
  • Actavis 154: Circular and white, this pill is available in 2 mg doses.
  • Actavis 155: Produced by Actavis, this is a round, white pill that comes in 8 mg doses.
  • AN 415: This generic tablet is circular in shape, with AN 415 embossed on it. It contains 8 mg of buprenorphine.
  • M 2N: This generic looks a lot like Suboxone, as it is hexagonal and orange; it comes in two mg strength.
  • ML 2: This pill is hexagonal, white, and has 2 mg of buprenorphine.
  • ML 8: This tablet has 8 mg of buprenorphine. It is hexagonal and white.
  • N2 Logo (Arrow): This round and white generic medicine is 2 mg.
  • N8 Logo (Arrow): This round, white generic pill comes in an 8 mg dose.
  • RP n2: Round and orange, this pill comes in 2 mg.
  • RP n8: This generic is round and orange, and it comes in 8 mg.
  • W21: This pill is white, round, and has 2 mg of buprenorphine.
  • W22: This is white and round with 8 mg of buprenorphine. 
  • 2: This hexagonal, pink generic pill comes in 2 mg strength.
  • 54 122: This generic medicine is peach, round, and available in 2 mg strength.
  • 54 375: This is a round, peach-colored pill in an 8 mg dose.
  • 8: This hexagonal generic is pink, instead of orange, and comes in 8 mg.
  • 93 B9: White and capsular, this pill is available in 2 mg.
  • 93 5721: This pill is white, round, and available in 8 mg.
  • 969: This generic medicine is orange and round, and comes in 2 mg.
  • 970: Orange and circular, this pill comes in 8 mg buprenorphine strength.

Other Buprenorphine Pills

Generic versions of buprenorphine without naloxone are also available. Brand names for buprenorphine-only medications include Subutex, which is an oval-shaped white pill.

  • b 798: This pill is elliptical/ovular and white, with 2 mg strength.
  • b 799: This oval-shaped pill is white and has 8 mg of buprenorphine.
  • M 923: In 2 mg form, this pill is white and round.
  • M 924: This pill is available in 8 mg. It is white and round.
  • RP b2: This round and white pill has 2 mg strength.
  • RP 8b: This pill has 8 mg of buprenorphine in a round, white generic form.
  • 2 Arrow Logo: This white, round pill has 2 mg strength.
  • 459: This pill has 2 mg of buprenorphine. It is round and white.
  • 460: This white, round pill has 8 mg strength.
  • 54 411: This round, white pill has 8 mg strength.
  • 54 775: This white, round pill has 2 mg of buprenorphine.
  • 8 Arrow Logo: This pill is white and round with 8 mg of buprenorphine.
  • Actavis 153: This buprenorphine-only pill has an 8 mg dose. It is orange and oval-shaped.
  • Actavis 156: This pill is orange, elliptical, and has 2 mg of buprenorphine.

There are also some generic versions of Suboxone that are 4 mg of buprenorphine to 1 mg of naloxone, and 12 mg of buprenorphine to 3 mg of naloxone.

The range of Suboxone doses and generic versions gives you and your physician more choices to manage your dose and keep the appropriate level of buprenorphine in your bloodstream as you work to manage your withdrawal symptoms and cravings for opioids.

SOURCES

  1. Suboxone. RxList. https://www.rxlist.com/suboxone-drug.htm#description. December 2021. Accessed January 2022.
  2. Suboxone Pill Images. Drugs.com. https://www.drugs.com/suboxone-images.html. Accessed January 2022.
  3. “Buprenorphine” Pill Images. Drugs.com. https://www.drugs.com/imprints.php?drugname=buprenorphine. Accessed January 2022. 

Medically Reviewed By Claire Wilcox, MD

Claire Wilcox, MD, is a general and addiction psychiatrist in private practice and an associate professor of translational neuroscience at the Mind Research Network in New Mexico; and has completed an addictions fellowship, psychiatry residency, and internal medicine residency. Having done extensive research in the area, she is an expert in the neuroscience of substance use disorders. Although she is interested in several topics in medicine and psychiatry, with a particular focus on substance use disorders, obesity, eating disorders, and chronic pain, her primary career goal is to help promote recovery and wellbeing for people with a range of mental health challenges.

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