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Buprenorphine Extended-Release Injection
Sublocade contains buprenorphine, which helps reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms. It also blocks the effects of other opioids, making it difficult to abuse. As a long-acting medication, Sublocade can help prevent relapse days and weeks after the injection.
Method: Injection
Used For: Opioid Addiction
Benefits Include:
Less intense cravings
Reduced risk of relapse
Improved mental health

What Is Sublocade?

Sublocade is a buprenorphine injection that provides long-lasting relief from opioid addiction. It is designed to be used once a month, and it works by slowly releasing buprenorphine into the body over the course of 30 days. This slow release helps to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms, making it easier for people in recovery to stay on track. Sublocade is a highly effective treatment for opioid addiction, and it has been shown to significantly reduce relapse rates.

How Does Sublocade Work?

The buprenorphine in Sublocade works by binding to the same brain receptors as opioids, but with much weaker effects. This action helps to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms while also blocking the euphoric effects of other opioids.

How Often Is Sublocade Administered?

Sublocade is a monthly injection given by a certified healthcare provider. The first dose is usually given after the patient has detoxed from opioids, and subsequent doses are given on a monthly basis. However, the timing of the injections may be adjusted based on individual needs and response to treatment.

Adverse Reactions & Possible Side Effects of Sublocade

The most common adverse reactions and side effects associated with Sublocade include:
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Sweating
  • Constipation
  • Decreased appetite
  • Swelling
  • Abdominal pain
  • Headaches
However, these side effects are typically mild and go away on their own.

Is Sublocade Effective?

In clinical trials, Sublocade was effective in reducing opioid and alcohol use and cravings. It was also associated with improved retention in treatment and increased abstinence.

Although effective, Sublocade is not a cure for opioid addiction and should be used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan that includes counseling and support.