BUPRENORPHINE HYDROCHLORIDE AND NALOXONE HYDROCHLORIDE DIHYDRATE- buprenorphine hydrochloride and naloxone hydrochloride dihydrate tablet 
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Medication Guide

Buprenorphine(bue” pre nor’ feen) and Naloxone (nal ox’ one) Sublingual Tablets CIII

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IMPORTANT: Keep Buprenorphine and Naloxone 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 and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets, get emergency help right away.

Read this Medication Guide that comes with Buprenorphine and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets before you start taking it 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 and Naloxone 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 and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets?

Buprenorphine is a medicine in Buprenorphine and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets that can cause serious and life-threatening problems, especially if you take or use certain other medicines or drugs. Call your healthcare provider right away or get emergency help if you:
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feel faint or dizzy
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cannot think well or clearly
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have mental changes such as confusion
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have slowed reflexes
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have slower breathing than you normally have
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have a high body temperature
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have severe sleepiness
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feel agitated
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have blurred vision
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have stiff muscles
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have problems with coordination
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have trouble walking
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have slurred speech
Do not switch from Buprenorphine and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets to other medicines that contain buprenorphine without talking with your doctor. The amount of buprenorphine in a dose of Buprenorphine and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets is not the same as the amount of buprenorphine in other medicines that contain buprenorphine. Your doctor will prescribe a starting dose of Buprenorphine and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets that may be different than other buprenorphine containing medicines you may have been taking.
Buprenorphine and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets contain an opioid that can cause physical dependence.
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Do not stop taking Buprenorphine and Naloxone 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.
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Physical dependence is not the same as drug addiction.
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Buprenorphine and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets are not for occasional or “as needed” use.
An overdose and even death can happen if you take benzodiazepines, sedatives, tranquilizers, antidepressants, or alcohol while using Buprenorphine and Naloxone 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:
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Feel sleepy and uncoordinated
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Have blurred vision
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Have slurred speech
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Cannot think well or clearly
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Have slowed reflexes and breathing
Do not inject (“shoot-up”) or snort Buprenorphine and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets.
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Injecting Buprenorphine and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets may cause life-threatening infections and other serious health problems.
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Crushing and/or dissolving Buprenorphine and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets and then injecting it (“shooting up”) could cause serious precipitated withdrawal (sudden, serious, withdrawal symptoms such as pain, cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea in people who are physically dependent on other opioids.
Snorting Buprenorphine and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets could cause precipitated withdrawal. In an emergency, have family members tell emergency department staff that you are physically dependent on an opioid and are being treated with Buprenorphine and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets.

What are Buprenorphine and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets?

Buprenorphine and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets are a prescription medicine used to treat adults who are addicted to (dependent on) opioid drugs (either prescription or illegal) as part of a complete treatment program that also includes counseling and behavioral therapy.

Buprenorphine and Naloxone 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 and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets in a safe place to protect it from theft. Never give your Buprenorphine and Naloxone 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 and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets are safe or effective in children.

Who should not take Buprenorphine and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets?

Do not take Buprenorphine and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets if you are allergic to buprenorphine or naloxone.

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

Buprenorphine and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets may not be right for you. Before taking Buprenorphine and Naloxone 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 and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets while pregnant, your baby may have signs of opioid withdrawal at birth. Neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NOWS) is an expected and treatable outcome of prolonged use of opioids during pregnancy. Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
Are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. Buprenorphine and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets can pass into your milk and may harm your baby. Talk to your doctor about the best way to feed your baby if you take Buprenorphine and Naloxone 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 and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets may affect the way other medicines work and other medicines may affect how Buprenorphine and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets work. Some medicines may cause serious or life-threatening medical problems when taken with Buprenorphine and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets.

Sometimes the doses of certain medicines and Buprenorphine and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets may need to be changed if used together. Do not take any medicine while using Buprenorphine and Naloxone 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 taking Buprenorphine and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets.

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

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

How should I take Buprenorphine and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets?

Always take Buprenorphine and Naloxone 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 and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets more often than prescribed by your doctor.
If you are prescribed a dose of 2 or more Buprenorphine and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets at the same time:
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Ask your doctor for instructions on the right way to take Buprenorphine and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets.
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Follow the same instructions every time you take a dose of Buprenorphine and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets.
Put the tablets under your tongue. Let them dissolve completely.
 
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While Buprenorphine and Naloxone 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 and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets is absorbed.
If you miss a dose of Buprenorphine and Naloxone 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 and Naloxone 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 and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets the right way.
If you take too many Buprenorphine and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets or overdose, call Poison Control or get emergency medical help right away.

What should I avoid while taking Buprenorphine and Naloxone 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 and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets.
You should not drink alcoholwhile using Buprenorphine and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets, as this can lead to loss of consciousness or even death.

What are the possible side effects of Buprenorphine and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets?

Buprenorphine and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets can cause serious side effects including:

See “What is the most important information I should know about Buprenorphine and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets?”
Respiratory problems. You have a higher risk of death and coma if you take Buprenorphine and Naloxone 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 and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets.
Allergic reaction. You may have a rash, hives, swelling of the face, wheezing, or a 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 and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets include:

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

Store Buprenorphine and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets at 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C).
Keep Buprenorphine and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets in a safe place, out of the sight and reach of children.

How should I dispose of unused Buprenorphine and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets?

Dispose of unused Buprenorphine and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets as soon as you no longer need them.
Dispose of expired, unwanted, or unused Buprenorphine and Naloxone 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.
 
If you need help with disposal of Buprenorphine and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets, call 1-800-962-8364.

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

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. Do not take Buprenorphine and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give Buprenorphine and Naloxone 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 and Naloxone 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 health professionals.

For more information call 1-800-962-8364.

What are the ingredients in Buprenorphine and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets, USP?

Active ingredients: buprenorphine and naloxone

Inactive ingredients: citric acid anhydrous, corn starch, FD & C yellow no. 6, lactose monohydrate, lemon-lime flavor, magnesium stearate, mannitol, povidone, purified water, sodium citrate dihydrate and sucralose.

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

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Pharmaceuticals Corp.

Eatontown, NJ 07724

For information, please call 1-800-962-8364.

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Revised November 2019

Revised: 11/2019
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