Quick Guide to Getting Generic Suboxone
Substance misuse is a major concern in the US, affecting more than 16 million Americans. Among these, opioid misuse is the most common, influencing the lives of 10 million people. Even more concerningly, 120,000 Americans lose their lives to opioid use disorder (OUD) each year.
Studies show that medication-assisted treatments (MAT) are helping millions of Americans overcome OUD. MAT combines psychosocial interventions with FDA-approved medications (such as Suboxone) to combat opioid misuse. Unfortunately, Suboxone can be expensive — with average monthly costs often exceeding $500 and thus inaccessible for some people, especially those without health insurance.
Generic Suboxone is an affordable, FDA-approved alternative to brand-name Suboxone. This article breaks down everything you need to know about generic Suboxone and where you can get it.
Read on to learn more.
What is Suboxone?
Buprenorphine is a partial agonist of opioid receptors in the brain. People that stop using opioids without replacement can experience dangerous withdrawal, which increases the risk of relapse. Buprenorphine helps prevent this by occupying opioid receptors.
Naloxone — the other ingredient in Suboxone — is an opioid antagonist with limited oral bioavailability. This means it occupies opioid receptors without stimulating them but is only active when injected. Thus, it deters users from injecting and misusing Suboxone by inducing sudden withdrawal.
Suboxone is available in two formulations — a sublingual film/strip and an oral tablet — and has various strengths:
2 mg buprenorphine / 0.5 mg naloxone
4 mg buprenorphine / 1 mg naloxone
8 mg buprenorphine / 2 mg naloxone
12 mg buprenorphine / 3 mg naloxone
What is Generic Suboxone, and How Does it Differ From Brand Name Suboxone?
Generic versions of Suboxone can be up to 85 % less expensive. This is because generic medications are not subject to the same clinical trials that brand-name drugs must clear to prove safety and effectiveness.
However, that does not mean generic Suboxone is less effective. According to the FDA, all FDA-approved generic medications — including Suboxone — provide the same benefits and risks as their brand-name counterparts.
Ultimately, you should always consult your doctor on which version of Suboxone will work best for you.
Who Can Prescribe Generic Suboxone?
Any doctor licensed to practice Medicine in the US can prescribe Suboxone. This includes family practitioners and virtual physicians (such as those at Confidant Health).
Who Manufactures Generic Suboxone?
Here is a list of companies that manufacture the different forms of generic Suboxone.
What Does Generic Suboxone Look Like?
Generic Suboxone strips/films are generally orange in color. Imprinted on the rectangular or square strips are letters and numbers that state the dosage, for instance:
N2 = 2 mg
N4 = 4 mg
N8 = 8 mg
N12 = 12 mg
But, the engravings on generic Suboxone films differ. For example, Alvogen uses an 'A' on their strip instead of an 'N'. This means A2, A4, A8, and A12 refers to a 2mg, 4mg, 8mg, and 12mg dose, respectively. On the other hand, Mylan imprints B2/N, B4/N, B8/N, and B12/N tags to differentiate strengths.
The packaging of the strips also differs among manufacturers. For instance,
Sandoz packaging is blue and white, similar to Suboxone
Mylan’s packaging is also blue and white
Alvogen is fluorescent yellow
Dr. Reddy’s is mainly white.
Where Can I Get Generic Suboxone?
Generic Suboxone is available at all major pharmacies across the US. Some notable examples include:
Generic Suboxone and Confidant Health are Making OUD Treatment More Accessible
Generic Suboxone provides all the benefits of brand-name Suboxone at a fraction of the cost. This makes OUD treatment more accessible for everyone, even without health insurance.
Confidant Health is taking this accessibility a step further with its virtual services. Click here to book a 1-1 appointment with our healthcare providers today and take the first step to navigate OUD.