Suboxone Film (Strips) v.s. Suboxone Tablets

Suboxone Film v.s. Suboxone Tables -What are the differences?

A confidential report from the doctor of  an opiate addiction treatment center in the Orlando, Florida area.

Suboxone Films are outperforming Suboxone Tablets in taste and ability to dissolve quickly, while proving to be as effective or slightly more effective.

Suboxone Film

Suboxone Film

Since Feb, 2011, all new patients and existing patients are being prescribed Suboxone  film instead of the tablets.  The new patients have had great response to the Suboxone Film and having nothing to compare to they are generally happy with the result.  We have experienced only two patients needing three Suboxone 8mg Films per day whereas it was more common to have patients start at 24mg or on rare occasions 32mg on the tablets, this is for a short period of time, usually the first week of stabilizing the patient.  The Suboxone film may be more effective due to the decreased time to dissolve.  At maintenance doses of 8mg to 16mg we have noticed no differences.

A few patients have reported that the tablet works better, or that the film causes nausea.  We have good reason to believe the patient is being deceptive for reasons unknown to us and are watching for possible fraud or criminal activity.

The most significant advantage of the films is a discount of $75 given by the distributor of the Suboxone film.  We are noticing dissolve times significantly faster and hearing that the taste is less objectionable.

Some patients complain of the packaging for the Film, it is difficult to open without scissors or a knife.   All existing patients reported less objectionable taste, or for patients that didn’t mind the taste — they reported the films tasted better than the tablets.

Authors Opinion of Suboxone Film compared to Suboxone Tablets.

Suboxone Film dissolves more quickly, has a less powerful taste which is a good thing.  The less powerful taste seems to decrease salivation and may have something to do with the some people believing they are stronger than the tablet.   I can confirm the packaging is difficult, but not worth complaining about.  I personally find the strips to be an advantage as I can slide one into my wallet rather than carry a pill or pill bottle around.

If you are taking the Suboxone Tablets the films are definitely worth a try.