A medication used to treat adults addicted to or dependent on opiates such as pain medications, heroin or methadone. It is available in oral form (sublingual tablets) and injectable form. As part of an addiction treatment program, the medication is taken in its oral form. Buprenorphine blocks the effects of other opiates and eliminates cravings and symptoms of withdrawal.
A medication used in opioid substitution therapy programs. It is included in the World Health Organization (WHO) Model List of Essential Medicines.
Currently, this drug is in the experimental stages for treatment of heroin dependence.