BUPRENORPHINE HCL- buprenorphine hcl tablet 
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MEDICATION GUIDE

Buprenorphine (bue” pre nor’ feen) Sublingual Tablets CIII

Rx Only

IMPORTANT:

Keep Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets in a secure place away from children. Accidental use by a child is a medical emergency and can result in death. If a child accidentally uses Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets, get emergency help right away.

Read this Medication Guide before you start taking Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This Medication Guide does not take the place of talking to your doctor. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions about Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets.

Share the important information in this Medication Guide with members of your household.

What is the most important information I should know about Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets?

Never give anyone else your Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets. They could die from taking it. Selling or giving away Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets is against the law.
Store Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets securely, out of sight and reach of children, and in a location not accessible by others, including visitors to the home.
Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets can cause serious and life-threatening breathing problems. Call your doctor right away or get emergency help if:
You feel faint, dizzy or confused
Your breathing gets much slower than is normal for you

These can be signs of an overdose or other serious problems.

Do not switch from Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets to other medicines that contain buprenorphine without talking with your doctor. The amount of buprenorphine in a dose of Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets may not be the same as the amount of buprenorphine in other medicines that contain buprenorphine. Your doctor will prescribe a starting dose of Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets that may be different than other buprenorphine containing medicines you may have been taking.
Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets contain an opioid that can cause physical dependence.
Do not stop taking Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets without talking to your doctor. You could become sick with uncomfortable withdrawal signs and symptoms because your body has become used to this medicine
Physical dependence is not the same as drug addiction
Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets are not for occasional or “as needed” use
An overdose, and even death, can happen if you take benzodiazepines, sedatives, tranquilizers, or alcohol while using Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets. Ask your doctor what you should do if you are taking one of these.
Call a doctor or get emergency help right away if you:
Feel sleepy and uncoordinated
Have blurred vision
Have slurred speech
Cannot think well or clearly
Have slowed reflexes and breathing
Do not inject (“shoot-up”) Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets.
Injecting this medicine may cause life-threatening infections and other serious health problems.
Injecting Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets may cause serious withdrawal symptoms such as pain, cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, anxiety, sleep problems and cravings.
In an emergency, have family members tell the emergency department staff that you are physically dependent on an opioid and are being treated with Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets.

 What is Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets?

Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets are a prescription medicine used to begin treatment in adults who are addicted to (dependent on) opioid drugs (either prescription or illegal drugs), as part of a complete treatment program that also includes counseling and behavioral therapy.
Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets are most often used for the first 1 or 2 days to help you start with treatment.
 
Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets are a controlled substance (CIII) because they contain buprenorphine, which can be a target for people who abuse prescription medicines or street drugs. Keep your Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets in a safe place to protect it from theft. Never give your Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets to anyone else; it can cause death or harm them. Selling or giving away this medicine is against the law.
It is not known if Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets are safe and effective in children

Who should not take Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets?

Do not take Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets if you are allergic to buprenorphine.

What should I tell my doctor before taking Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets?

Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets may not be right for you. Before taking Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets, tell your doctor if you:

Have liver or kidney problems
Have trouble breathing or lung problems
Have an enlarged prostate gland (men)
Have a head injury or brain problem
Have problems urinating
Have a curve in your spine that affects your breathing
Have gallbladder problems
Have adrenal gland problems
Have Addison’s disease
Have low thyroid (hypothyroidism)
Have a history of alcoholism
Have mental problems such as hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not there)
Have any other medical condition
Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. If you take Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets while pregnant, your baby may have symptoms of opioid withdrawal or respiratory depression at birth. Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
Are breast feeding or plan to breast feed. Buprenorphine hydrochloride can pass into your milk and may harm the baby. Talk to your doctor about the best way to feed your baby if you take Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets. Monitor your baby for increased sleepiness and breathing problems.

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements. Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets works. Some medicines may cause serious or life-threatening medical problems when taken with Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets.

Sometimes the doses of certain medicines and Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets may need to be changed if used together. Do not take any medicine while using Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets until you have talked with your doctor. Your doctor will tell you if it is safe to take other medicines while you are using Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets.

Be especially careful about taking other medicines that may make you sleepy, such as pain medicines, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, anxiety medicines or antihistamines.

Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them to show your doctor and pharmacist each time you get a new medicine.

How should I take Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets?

Always take Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets exactly as your doctor tells you . Your doctor may change your dose after seeing how it affects you. Do not change your dose unless your doctor tells you to change it.
Do not take Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets more often than prescribed by your doctor.
If you are prescribed a dose of 2 or more Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets at the same time:
Ask your doctor for instructions on the right way to take Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets
Follow the same instructions every time you take a dose of Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets
Put the tablets under your tongue. Let them dissolve completely.
 
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While Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets are dissolving, do not chew or swallow the tablet because the medicine will not work as well.
Talking while the tablet is dissolving can affect how well the medicine in Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets is absorbed.
If you miss a dose of Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets, take your medicine when you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next dose at your regular time. Do not take 2 doses at the same time unless your doctor tells you to. If you are not sure about your dosing, call your doctor.
Do not stop taking Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets suddenly. You could become sick and have withdrawal symptoms because your body has become used to the medicine. Physical dependence is not the same as drug addiction. Your doctor can tell you more about the differences between physical dependence and drug addiction. To have fewer withdrawal symptoms, ask your doctor how to stop using Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets the right way.
If you take too much Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets or overdose, call Poison Control or get emergency medical help right away.
Dispose of expired, unwanted, or unused Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets by promptly flushing down the toilet, if a drug take-back option is not readily available. Visit www.fda.gov/drugdisposal for additional information on disposal of unused medicines.

What should I avoid while taking Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets?

Do not drive, operate heavy machinery, or perform any other dangerous activities until you know how this medication affects you. Buprenorphine can cause drowsiness and slow reaction times. This may happen more often in the first few weeks of treatment when your dose is being changed, but can also happen if you drink alcohol or take other sedative drugs when you take Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets.
You should not drink alcohol while using Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets, as this can lead to loss of consciousness or death.

 What are the possible side effects of Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets?

Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets can cause serious side effects including:

See “What is the most important information I should know about Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets?”
Respiratory problems. You have a higher risk of death and coma if you take Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets with other medicines, such as benzodiazepines.
Sleepiness, dizziness, and problems with coordination
Dependency or abuse
Liver problems. Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these signs of liver problems: Your skin or the white part of your eyes turning yellow (jaundice), urine turning dark, stools turning light in color, you have less of an appetite, or you have stomach (abdominal) pain or nausea. Your doctor should do tests before you start taking and while you take Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets.
Allergic reaction. You may have a rash, hives, swelling of your face, wheezing, or loss of blood pressure and consciousness. Call a doctor or get emergency help right away.
Opioid withdrawal. This can include: shaking, sweating more than normal, feeling hot or cold more than normal, runny nose, watery eyes, goose bumps, diarrhea, vomiting and muscle aches. Tell your doctor if you develop any of these symptoms.
Decrease in blood pressure. You may feel dizzy if you get up too fast from sitting or lying down.

Common side effects of Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets include:

Nausea
Vomiting
Drug withdrawal syndrome
Headache
Sweating
Numb mouth
Constipation
Swollen and/or painful tongue
The inside of your mouth is more red than normal
Intoxication (feeling lightheaded or drunk)
Disturbance in attention
Irregular heart beat (palpitations)
Decrease in sleep (insomnia)
Blurred vision
Back pain
Fainting
Dizziness
Sleepiness

Tell your doctor about any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

These are not all the possible side effects of Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

How should I store Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets?

Store Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets at 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F). [See USP Controlled Room Temperature.]
Keep Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets in a safe place, out of the site and reach of children.

How should I dispose of unused Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets?

Dispose of unused Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets as soon as you no longer need them.
Unused tablets should be flushed down the toilet.

General information about the safe and effective use of Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. Do not use Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets to other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have. It may harm them and it is against the law.

This Medication Guide summarizes the most important information about Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets. If you would like more information, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. You can ask your doctor or pharmacist for information that is written for healthcare professionals.

For more information call Hikma Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. at 1-800-962-8364.

What are the ingredients in Buprenorphine Sublingual Tablets?

Active Ingredient: buprenorphine hydrochloride USP

Inactive Ingredients: citric acid anhydrous, corn starch, crospovidone, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, mannitol, povidone, purified water and sodium citrate.

This Medication Guide has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Distr. by: Hikma Pharmaceuticals USA Inc.

Eatontown, NJ 07724

C50000231/02

Revised April 2019

Revised: 4/2019
Hikma Pharmaceuticals USA Inc.