Why SUBOXONE Film?

SUBOXONE Film is a narcotic medication indicated for the maintenance treatment of opioid dependence, available only by prescription, and must be taken under a doctor's care as prescribed. It is illegal to sell or give away your SUBOXONE Film.

Opioid dependence is a challenging and complicated condition, but it can be treated. If you’re working to overcome opioid dependence, you know the experience can sometimes be overwhelming. That’s why the formulation of your medication should help make your experience convenient.

Patients have shared their concerns about taking SUBOXONE® (buprenorphine and naloxone) sublingual tablets (CIII),1 such as:

  • The time the tablets take to dissolve
  • The difficulty of traveling with them
  • Their taste

For some patients, these concerns may interfere with being able to focus on their daily treatment and work toward their treatment goals.

SUBOXONE Film, an evolved formulation of SUBOXONE, may improve your daily treatment experience. And clinical trial patients tell us they prefer SUBOXONE Film to the SUBOXONE Tablet.1a

SUBOXONE Film, an innovation in treatment experience and convenience, is indicated for long-term treatment of opioid dependence and should be used as part of a complete treatment plan that includes counseling and support.

SUBOXONE Film delivers:

  • An evolved patient experience
  • Faster to dissolve than SUBOXONE Tablet1b
  • A favorable taste rating (more than 71% of patients scored the taste as neutral or better)1c
  • Individually wrapped in compact unit-dose pouches that are child-resistant1d and easy to carry1e
  • Once-daily dosing (just like SUBOXONE Tablet)2
  • Clinically interchangeable with SUBOXONE Tablet, so your doctor can transition you. Your doctor will monitor your progress to ensure your dose of SUBOXONE Film is appropriate3
  • Built-in support from the online Here to Help® Program, designed to help you stay engaged in your treatment and focused on your goals4

Support you need from the Here to Help Program

a free personal support program for people in treatment with SUBOXONE Film

Take steps that could strengthen your recovery
Use the Here to Help Program to:

  • See opioid dependence as the chronic disease it is-and understand what that means to you
  • Realize how opioid dependence may have affected you, and give you direction to plan and move forward
  • Address your individual needs in ways that could help you maintain momentum and make further progress
  • Learn skills that could help you make important changes and stay in treatment
  • Securely track what you accomplish, and share it with your treatment team

Find answers, create solutions, and continue to grow

Spend a few minutes each day, or set a specific time each week, for improving the vital skills that could help strengthen your recovery. Use your personal Dashboard to track what you've accomplished and see the recommended next steps. You can print your Dashboard to share the progress you're making with others.

Get answers to important questions-so you can take action guided by known factors for treatment success.

Choose your personal path by focusing on the issues that are most important to you and your treatment right now, today. Create detailed, personalized action plans that fit your own unique situation so you can get through tough moments and stay on track.

Improve vital skills that could make your recovery stronger. Learn, plan, and take practical steps that could help you manage stress, handle difficult situations, think more positively, and keep making progress. Repeat activities that were especially helpful, and get e-mail guidance to help you stay motivated and engaged in treatment.
Get started now.

Note: The Here to Help Program is private, confidential, and secure. The Here to Help Program can help you track your progress, but does not save your action plans or results. You can download them to your own computer or print them out to share with your doctor, counselor, or others who support your treatment. Only you can access your program, via the username and password you create.

You should know: Your doctor is your best source of information about your treatment. The Here to Help Program is not a substitute for professional counseling or therapy. Having support is not a guarantee that you will meet your treatment goals.

Take SUBOXONE Film at home. While buprenorphine-only medication is intended to be given under close medical supervision as treatment begins, SUBOXONE Film (like the SUBOXONE Tablet) is specially formulated to be taken at home once daily during your ongoing treatment.4

Misuse or illegal transfer of buprenorphine could place office-based treatment for opioid dependence at risk. Adding naloxone was an important step in creating an FDA-approved treatment option that could be given in the privacy of a doctor's office and taken in the privacy of your own home.4

You should know: Always store SUBOXONE Film safely out of the sight and reach of children. Buprenorphine, the main ingredient in SUBOXONE Film, can cause serious breathing problems in children that could result in death.

Comparisons are between SUBOXONE®(buprenorphine and naloxone) sublingual tablets (CIII) and SUBOXONE® (buprenorphine and naloxone) Sublingual Film (CIII).


  1. Data on file, Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals Inc., Richmond, VA:
    1. Patient preferred: Clinical trial participants preferred SUBOXONE Film over the SUBOXONE Tablet. Results from a questionnaire collected at discharge of a 13-week, multicenter, open-label safety trial. Patients were asked, “Based on your previous experience with SUBOXONE Tablets and your current experience with SUBOXONE Film, which product do you prefer?” (n=159)
    2. Dissolve time: The time required for both SUBOXONE Film and SUBOXONE Tablet dissolution is dependent on saliva quantity and is subject to individual variation, and dose and strength taken. Mean dissolution time for all doses tested (8 mg, 2 mg) was between 5 and 6.6  minutes for SUBOXONE Film and between 7 and 12.4 minutes for the SUBOXONE Tablet.
    3. Taste: In a patient questionnaire, more than 71% of patients who have tried SUBOXONE Film rated the taste as neutral or better on a 10-point scale. Results from a questionnaire collected at discharge of a 13-week, multicenter, open-label safety trial. Patients were asked, “Please give this product (SUBOXONE Film) a score which shows how you would rate the flavor.” 10=extremely pleasant and 1=extremely unpleasant.
    4. Child resistance: Meets the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s standards for child resistance. During testing, one child out of 50 was able to open 2 or more pouches. After receiving instruction, the children’s ability to open the pouches increased. It is important not to open the pouches in front of children.
    5. Portability: Because each unit of SUBOXONE Film is individually packaged in a compact, child-resistant pouch, it’s easy to carry with you. Remember to keep this medication out of the sight and reach of children, and take your prescription label along with you. If a child takes the medication, seek emergency care.
  2. SUBOXONE Sublingual Film [package insert]. Richmond, VA: Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals Inc.; August 2010.
  3. Data on file, Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals Inc., Richmond, VA.
  4. Fudala PJ, Bridge TP, Herbert S, et al, for the Buprenorphine/Naloxone Collaborative Study Group. Office-based treatment of opiate addiction with a sublingual-tablet formulation of buprenorphine and naloxone. N Engl J Med. 2003;349:949-958.

Please see full Product Information and Medication Guide for SUBOXONE Film

For more about SUBOXONE Tablet, please see full Product Information and Medication Guide.


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