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Buprenorphine is used to treat opioid dependence (addiction to opioid drugs, including heroin and narcotic painkillers). It is also used to relieve pain.

How it works

Buprenorphine belongs to a class of medications called opioid partial agonist-antagonists. It prevents withdrawal symptoms when opioid drug is stopped, by producing similar effects to these drugs. It also works in brain and nervous system to relieve pain.

Common side effects

Abdominal pain, Allergic reaction, Shortness of breath, Swelling of tongue, Back pain, Blurred vision, Confusion, Constipation, Light colored stools, Dark colored urine, Fatigue, Headache, Insomnia, Stomach upset, Weakness, Yellow discoloration of skin, Yellow discoloration of eye, Sick, Vomiting


Expert advice

  • Do not take buprenorphine if you are allergic to buprenorphine or any of its ingredients. 
  • Do not take buprenorphine if you have serious breathing problems; head injuries or brain disease; enlarged prostate gland; difficulties in passing urine; low blood pressure.
  • Do not take buprenorphine if you are intoxicated due to alcohol or have delirium tremens (sudden and severe mental changes including tremors and hallucinations due to alcohol withdrawal).
  • Do not drive a car or operate machinery as it is known to cause drowsiness.
  • Taking buprenorphine may cause dizziness, lightheadedness especially when you get up too quickly from a lying position. Therefore, get out of bed slowly, resting your feet on the floor for a few minutes before standing up.

Frequently asked questions


Q. Is buprenorphine an opiate/ opiate blocker/ controlled substance/ pain killer/ addictive?
Buprenorphine belongs to a class of medications called opioid partial agonist-antagonists, which is used to relieve pain. It is a controlled substance and an addictive drug. Consult your doctor for alternate drug if you experience addiction.
Q. Does buprenorphine block opiates?
Yes. Buprenorphine block opiates.
Q. Can buprenorphine cause depression?
Buprenorphine is not known to cause depression. If you experience such side effects, please consult your doctor.

Content on this page was last updated on 28 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)