The Suboxone shot is called Sublocade. Sublocade was approved by the FDA in 2017. It is a depository injection that releases buprenorphine in increments over a 30-day period. Suboxone, the sublingual version of buprenorphine/naloxone, has been on the market since 2002. Buprenorphine is the active ingredient in both Sublocade and Suboxone. Buprenorphine binds to the mu receptor in the brain to initiate clinical effects. Suboxone and Sublocade are both manufactured by Indivior.
Suboxone and Sublocade are buprenorphine products. Buprenorphine is a long-acting partial opioid agonist. The prolonged effects of the drug act to quell cravings and pacify withdrawal symptoms which in turn reduce the risk of relapse and overdose. The opioid effect of Suboxone and Sublocade is carefully controlled when consumed as directed.
What is the Difference between Suboxone and Sublocade?
Sublocade is more expensive than Suboxone. The cost of both medications will depend on the insurance coverage you have in place. Suboxone film and Sublocade shot costs can be ascertained by contacting your pharmacy.
It is advisable that you undergo a one-week course of Suboxone before transitioning to Sublocade to establish stabilization. Talk to your medical provider at Confidant Health for more information!