Sublocade and Suboxone are two medications used in Medication-Assisted Treatment. They both contain buprenorphine, commonly used to help people beat opioid addiction by minimizing withdrawal symptoms and easing cravings. Both medications can be used effectively to treat addiction.
Suboxone and Sublocade do have differences and are used in different scenarios. The medical makeup is different because Sublocade contains only buprenorphine while Suboxone contains buprenorphine and naloxone, a medication that binds to opioid receptors to reverse and block the effects of other opioids.
The application method is different too. Sublocade is administered via injection by a medical professional while Suboxone is put under the tongue and can be administered by a medical professional or at home.
Both medications are used at different times. Suboxone is taken as a single-dose daily, while Sublocade is given once a month. Sublocade continuously releases the medicine buprenorphine all month at sustained levels with no real daily ups and downs. We offer both at New Start Clinics because every patient is different and we want to help them find success.