Suboxone, Subutex, Sublocade (What's the difference?)

Updated: Jul 22, 2019

Suboxone, Subutex, and Sublocade are three drugs that have been approved by the U.S. FDA for the treatment of opiate addiction. Each of these medications works to eradicate opiates’ influence on the brain, these medications allow opiate addicted users to stop taking drugs such as heroin(or pain pills) without encountering painful withdrawal symptoms or struggling with drug cravings.

So what's the difference in these three medications used to treat opiate addiction and what is their purpose? More importantly, which one is the best choice for you or your loved one?


Suboxone is a tablet that contains both buprenorphine and naloxone.


Subutex is a tablet that contains only buprenorphine.


is an injectable designed to deliver buprenorphine at a controlled rate over a one-month period.

Watch this video to gain more knowledge on these medications to make an informed decision along with your physician to see which medication will be the best fit for you!


I'm not a physician, and STRONGLY advise you to talk with your DOCTOR before making any decisions.

Amber Hollingsworth, Hope for Families Recovery Center

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