Suboxone is the first opioid medication approved for the treatment of opioid dependence in an
office-based setting.

What is Suboxone?

Suboxone (buprenorphine/naloxone) is an oral medication that was specifically developed to treat opioid use disorder. It is typically taken once a day and lasts for 24 hours. By taking the place of the illicit (street) opioid used by a patient, Suboxone prevents cravings and withdrawal. Patients on Suboxone report feeling normal, functional, and having a clear mind all day long.
Suboxone may be preferred for a number of reasons. The safety profile is better than methadone and therefore medication dispensing is more flexible. It is also less stigmatizing than methadone.

This treatment is often combined with counselling and other forms of support. That can make it especially effective in helping patients recover from addiction.
A person can start Suboxone when they are in moderate withdrawal. Typically this is 16 to 20 hours from last opioid drug use. If you are not in withdrawal at the time of starting Suboxone, lower doses (micro-dosing) can be used to ensure tolerance and prevent a precipitated withdrawal.

What is the goal of treatment?

With Suboxone treatment, people addicted to illicit opioid drugs are able to stabilize the crisis, and focus on improving their health, relationships and overall quality of life.

What are the side effects?

Suboxone has only mild occasional side effects, and a lower potential for abuse and overdose, and can therefore be used at home sooner.

Is Suboxone Safe During Pregnancy?

Suboxone (buprenorphine/naloxone) is safe in pregnancy. However, you may wish Subutex which is buprenorphine minus the naloxone portion. Subutex requires special approval from Health Canada.

Is Suboxone right for me?

To find out if Suboxone is right for you, please call or drop by Segue Clinic to get more information and book an intake assessment. For more information regarding Suboxone, please feel free to visit the manufacturer’s website at

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