SUBLOCADE - buprenorphine solution 
Indivior Inc.


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

Issued: 03/2021

SUBLOCADE (SUB-lo-kade) (buprenorphine extended-release) injection, for subcutaneous use, (CIII)
What is the most important information I should know about SUBLOCADE?
  • Because of the serious risk of potential harm or death from self-injecting SUBLOCADE into a vein (intravenously), it is only available through a restricted program called the SUBLOCADE REMS Program.
    • SUBLOCADE is not available in retail pharmacies.
    • Your SUBLOCADE injection will only be given to you by a certified healthcare provider.
  • SUBLOCADE contains a medicine called buprenorphine. Buprenorphine is an opioid that can cause serious and life-threatening breathing problems, especially if you take or use certain other medicines or drugs.
  • Talk to your healthcare provider about naloxone. Naloxone is a medicine that is available to patients for the emergency treatment of an opioid overdose. If naloxone is given, you must call 911 or get emergency medical help right away to treat overdose or accidental use of an opioid.
  • SUBLOCADE may cause serious and life-threatening breathing problems. Get emergency help right away if you:
  • feel faint
  • feel dizzy
  • are confused
  • Feel sleepy or uncoordinated
  • have blurred vision
  • have slurred speech
  • are breathing slower than normal
  • cannot think well or clearly
Do not take certain medicines during treatment with SUBLOCADE. Taking other opioid medicines, benzodiazepines, alcohol, or other central nervous system depressants (including street drugs) while on SUBLOCADE can cause severe drowsiness, decreased awareness, breathing problems, coma, and death.
  • In an emergency, have family members tell emergency department staff that you are physically dependent on an opioid and are being treated with SUBLOCADE.
  • You may have detectable levels of SUBLOCADE in your body for a long period after stopping treatment with SUBLOCADE.
SUBLOCADE is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with moderate to severe addiction (dependence) to opioid drugs (prescription or illegal) who:
have received treatment with an oral transmucosal (used under the tongue or inside the cheek) buprenorphine-containing medicine for 7 days and
are taking a dose that controls withdrawal symptoms for at least seven days.
SUBLOCADE is part of a complete treatment plan that should include counseling.
Who should not take SUBLOCADE?
Do not use SUBLOCADE if you are allergic to buprenorphine or any ingredient in the prefilled syringe (ATRIGEL® delivery system). See the end of this Medication Guide for a list of ingredients in SUBLOCADE.
Before starting SUBLOCADE, tell your healthcare provider about all your medical conditions, including if you have:
  • trouble breathing or lung problems
  • a curve in your spine that affects your breathing
  • Addison's disease
  • an enlarged prostate (men)
  • problems urinating
  • liver, kidney, or gallbladder problems
  • alcoholism
  • a head injury or brain problem
  • mental health problems
  • adrenal gland or thyroid gland problems
Tell your healthcare provider if you are:
  • pregnant or plan to become pregnant. If you receive SUBLOCADE while pregnant, your baby may have symptoms of opioid withdrawal at birth that could be life-threatening if not recognized and treated. Talk to your healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
  • breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. SUBLOCADE can pass into your breast milk and harm your baby. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby during treatment with SUBLOCADE. Monitor your baby for increased drowsiness and breathing problems if you breastfeed during treatment with SUBLOCADE.
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements.
How will I receive SUBLOCADE?
  • You will receive SUBLOCADE by your healthcare provider as an injection just under the skin (subcutaneous) of your stomach (abdomen). You will receive SUBLOCADE monthly (with at least 26 days between doses).
  • SUBLOCADE is injected as a liquid. After the injection, SUBLOCADE changes to a solid form called a depot. The depot may be seen or felt as a small bump under your skin at the injection site on your abdomen for several weeks. The depot will get smaller over time.
  • Do not try to remove the depot.
  • Do not rub or massage the injection site.
  • Try not to let belts or clothing waistbands rub against the injection site.
  • If you miss a dose of SUBLOCADE, see your healthcare provider to get your SUBLOCADE injection as soon as possible.
What should I avoid while being treated with SUBLOCADE?
  • Do not drive, operate heavy machinery, or perform any other dangerous activities until you know how SUBLOCADE affects you. Buprenorphine can cause drowsiness and slow reaction times. SUBLOCADE can make you sleepy, dizzy, or lightheaded. This may happen more often in the first few days after your injection and when your dose is changed.
  • You should not drink alcohol or take prescription or over-the-counter medicines that contain alcohol during treatment with SUBLOCADE, because this can lead to loss of consciousness or even death.
What are the possible side effects of SUBLOCADE?
SUBLOCADE can cause serious side effects, including:
  • Trouble breathing. Taking other opioid medicines, benzodiazepines, alcohol, or other central nervous system depressants during treatment with SUBLOCADE can cause breathing problems that can lead to coma and death.
  • Sleepiness, dizziness, and problems with coordination.
  • Physical dependence.
  • Liver problems. Call your healthcare provider right away if you notice any of these symptoms:
  • your skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow (jaundice)
  • dark or “tea-colored” urine
  • light colored stools (bowel movements)
  • loss of appetite
  • pain, aching, or tenderness on the right side of your stomach area
  • nausea
  • Your healthcare provider should do blood tests to check your liver before you start and during treatment with SUBLOCADE.
  • Allergic reaction. You may have a rash, hives, swelling of your face, wheezing, low blood pressure, or loss of consciousness. Call your healthcare provider or get emergency help right away.
  • Opioid withdrawal. Call your healthcare provider right away if you get any of these symptoms:
  • shaking
  • sweating more than normal
  • feeling hot or cold more than normal
  • runny nose
  • watery eyes
  • goose bumps
  • diarrhea
  • vomiting
  • muscle aches
  • Decrease in blood pressure. You may feel dizzy when you get up from sitting or lying down.
  • The most common side effects of SUBLOCADE include:
  • constipation
  • headache
  • nausea
  • injection site itching
  • vomiting
  • increase in liver enzymes
  • tiredness
  • injection site pain
  • SUBLOCADE may affect fertility in males and females. Talk to your healthcare provider if this is a concern for you.
These are not all the possible side effects of SUBLOCADE.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
General information about SUBLOCADE
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. You can ask your doctor or pharmacist for information that is written for healthcare professionals.
What are the ingredients in SUBLOCADE?
Active ingredient: buprenorphine
ATRIGEL® delivery system: biodegradable 50:50 poly(DL-lactide-co-glycolide) polymer and a biocompatible solvent, N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP).
Manufactured for Indivior Inc., North Chesterfield, VA 23235 by AMRI, Burlington, MA 01803
SUBLOCADE® is a registered trademark of Indivior UK Limited.
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Revised: 3/2021
Indivior Inc.