Suboxone is available in different forms. Suboxone, a partial opioid medication used in addiction treatment, is a hexagon (6-sided) shaped orange pill. The strength of the pill is stamped on the face of the tablet, following the same cataloging as Suboxone strips, i.e., N2, N4, N8, N12 referencing 2mg, 4mg, 8mg, and 12mg doses. Generic Suboxone is a round orange pill that only comes in an 8mg dose. An 8mg dose of generic Suboxone pills is imprinted with AN 415.
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Different Suboxone Pills
Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist combined with naloxone, an opioid antagonist to treat opioid use disorder (OUD).
Buprenorphine/naloxone medications prescribed in the treatment of opioid addiction include Subutex, Sublocade, Bunavail, and Zubsolv. Subutex is a white oval-shaped buprenorphine-monotherapy pill. Sublocade is a buprenorphine shot that is injected abdominally once a month. See What You Should Know About Suboxone Shots. Bunavail is a buprenorphine/naloxone buccal film. Zubsolv is a buprenorphine/naloxone sublingual pill, while Suboxone is manufactured as both a sublingual film and sublingual tablet. Like Suboxone films and generic Suboxone films, all Suboxone pills are orange.
Suboxone pills were introduced before Suboxone films in 2002. The misuse potential of Suboxone tablets is significantly higher than Suboxone films. If the buprenorphine in Suboxone enters the system intravenously or intranasally, it deploys full opioid effects at the receptor site, causing inebriation and serious risk of overdose. Other side effects of intravenous and intranasal administration of buprenorphine include cognitive impairment, nausea, sexual dysfunction, and opioid-induced respiratory depression. Suboxone films became available in 2018 as a way to limit the exploitation of the partial agonist properties of the drug.