What Is Buprenorphine?
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What Is Buprenorphine?

Where Can I Get Buprenorphine?

Buprenorphine is available by prescription from specially-trained primary care providers.

To schedule an appointment, please email us or call 718-405-8227.

Breaking free from opioid addiction is not easy and nearly impossible to do alone. Buprenorphine (also called "Bupe" or Suboxone®) is a medication that can be very effective in helping people who have an addiction to opioids, including heroin, Percocet, OxyContin, morphine and other opioid painkillers.

Buprenorphine helps people stop using, feel better and take back control over their lives.

Buprenorphine Reduces Cravings

Buprenorphine treats addiction by stopping withdrawal symptoms and reducing cravings. By reducing cravings, buprenorphine helps decrease the desire to use heroin or opioid painkillers.

With buprenorphine, you can get back to your life and the people you love because:

  • Buprenorphine is easy to take.
  • Buprenorphine comes in a small pill or film. Both forms are dissolved under the tongue.

You can receive a prescription for buprenorphine from your Montefiore Medical Group (MMG) primary care provider. Unlike methadone, which needs to be administered and taken in a highly specialized clinic, you can take buprenorphine on your own.

Buprenorphine has many advantages over some other addiction treatments:

  • Buprenorphine is a safe medication used to treat addiction to heroin and other opioid painkillers.
  • Buprenorphine has a low risk of being abused and is unlikely to cause an overdose.
  • Buprenorphine can prevent pain, chills, nausea and other feelings that come with addiction withdrawal.
  • Buprenorphine can block the “high” of heroin and opioid painkillers, thus lowering the need or desire to use them, eventually leading to not wanting to use them at all.
  • The addition of naloxone to buprenorphine prevents the medicine from being abused, as it will cause withdrawal if injected.

Creating a Better Future to Help Fight Addiction

We have helped over a thousand people break free from their addictions to heroin and other opioid painkillers. Because we are always looking for ways to be better and do more, we are also leading and participating in numerous clinical trials and research programs focusing on buprenorphine treatment and how to use it most effectively.

Interested in learning more about how to participate in a clinical trial or a research program using buprenorphine? Call 718-920-5971 for more information.