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Why does Suboxone taste bad?

It is true that many patients do not like the taste of Suboxone, at least at first. Some people describe Suboxone as having a cross between a minty and sour taste. While most patients quickly get used to the taste, others find it more difficult to adapt. 

Tips for getting rid of the Suboxone aftertaste 

  • The tablets are sometimes described as having less of a strong taste than the strips. If the taste is really bothering a patient, they might have the option of switching to a tablet
  • Eat something a half hour to fifteen minutes before taking Suboxone to ensure the stomach isn’t empty. 
  • Wash out the mouth or drink some water or beverage about ten to fifteen minutes after the Suboxone strip/tab is fully dissolved
  • Sucking on a lozenge or a piece of candy to clean out the aftertaste.

Elena Hill, MD, MPH

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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