Preparing for a Treatment Journey
Treatment with SUBLOCADE™ (buprenorphine extended-release) starts with speaking with a healthcare provider, and then getting counseling.
Speaking with A healthcare provider
There are healthcare providers who can diagnose and treat opioid addiction. Only waivered treatment providers can prescribe and administer medications that contain buprenorphine to treat opioid addiction in an office-based setting. Waivered treatment providers can include doctors, physician assistants, or nurse practitioners.
Talk to a healthcare provider if you think you may have opioid addiction. If help is needed in finding a treatment provider, there are resources like our Find a Treatment Provider Locator or the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website.
Prepare for a visit
Here are some resources that may help guide and continue the conversation with a healthcare provider.
The Discussion Guide can be used to take notes during your appointment and includes questions you may want to ask your healthcare provider.
If a healthcare provider decides that SUBLOCADE is right for you:
Talk to him/her about finding counseling and behavioral support or use a resource like the SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator.
Ask your healthcare provider about potential copay savings* through INSUPPORT™ Hub Services.
*In order to qualify for potential copay savings, patients must meet certain eligibility requirements.
If you need help finding a treatment provider, you can use our Find a Treatment Provider Locator or you can visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website.
Getting ready for treatment
If a healthcare provider decides that SUBLOCADE is an appropriate option, you will go through the induction phase before receiving an injection. Your treatment process should include counseling.
Before receiving a SUBLOCADE injection, you must have received treatment with an oral transmucosal (used under the tongue or inside the cheek) buprenorphine-containing medicine for seven days and must be taking a dose that controls withdrawal symptoms for at least seven days.
A complete treatment plan with SUBLOCADE should include counseling to help manage various aspects of moderate to severe opioid addiction.
During a follow-up visit, you will receive SUBLOCADE as an injection just under the skin (subcutaneous) of your stomach (abdomen). Only a healthcare provider can administer SUBLOCADE. You will receive SUBLOCADE monthly (with at least 26 days between doses).
- SUBLOCADE is injected as a liquid. After the injection, SUBLOCADE changes to a solid form called a depot. The depot may be seen or felt as a small bump under your skin at the injection site on your abdomen for several weeks. The depot will get smaller over time.
- Do not try to remove the depot.
- Do not rub or massage the injection site.
- Try not to let belts or clothing waistbands rub against the injection site.
If you miss a dose of SUBLOCADE, see your healthcare provider to get your SUBLOCADE injection as soon as possible.
One injection of SUBLOCADE is designed to deliver medication at a controlled rate. You will go back to your healthcare provider for the next injection every month.
Everyone is different. Periodic re-evaluation of treatment with your healthcare provider is important. Ask your healthcare provider about the length of your treatment with SUBLOCADE.
If you stop receiving SUBLOCADE, you could have opioid withdrawal symptoms. A treatment provider can help develop an appropriate treatment plan. Your body can develop a physical need for SUBLOCADE (dependence).
Do not stop treatment or miss doses of SUBLOCADE without talking with your healthcare provider. It is important to have an ongoing conversation with your healthcare provider about your treatment.
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