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What strengths does Suboxone come in?

Suboxone is a combination of its active ingredient, Buprenorphine, and another medication called naloxone which is not active in the Suboxone formulation. Suboxone comes in several strengths and formulations, the most common being 8-2, meaning there are 8 mg of buprenorphine and 2 mg of naloxone. Studies show that taking more than 2 mg/ day of Buprenorphine prevents withdrawals and getting up to 12-16 mg/day of Buprenorphine prevents cravings. For that reason, many patients are often prescribed 1.5-2 tabs/films of Suboxone each day, though some may take more and some may take less. Suboxone comes in both films and tablets which are absorbed “sublingually,” meaning under the tongue.

The active ingredient in Suboxone “Buprenorphine” comes in other formulations, strengths, and routes. While Suboxone is the most common formulation, below is a chart that shows the different ways and strengths through which Buprenorphine can be delivered.

Randi Sokol, MD, MPH, MMedEd

Randi Sokol, MD, MPH, MMedEd, is an Assistant Professor at the Tufts Family Medicine Residency Program and Instructor at Harvard Medical School. She is Board Certified in both Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine. She earned her B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania, her Medical Degree and Masters in Public Health from Tulane University, completed Family Medicine Residency at UC-Davis, and earned a Masters in Medical Education through the University of Dundee.

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