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What is the bioavailability of Suboxone?

The bioavailability of a drug is a way of describing how much of the drug, once taken, is absorbed by the body. Some of the drug is lost in the stomach, and some of it is processed in the liver before it reaches the rest of the tissues where it exerts its effects. The bioavailability of buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) when taken by mouth, is comparatively low. Therefore, it may take some time to adjust doses of Suboxone to find a dose that the patient finds effective.

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Elena Hill, MD; MPH received her MD and Masters of Public Health degrees at Tufts Medical School and completed her family medicine residency at Boston Medical Center. She is currently an attending physician at Bronxcare Health Systems in the Bronx, NY where she works as a primary care physician as well as part time in pain management and integrated health. Her clinical interests include underserved health care, chronic pain and integrated/alternative health.

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