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Suboxone Maintenance Considerations

Points to Consider During Suboxone Maintenance:

  • If you miss a dose of Suboxone, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next dose at the regular time, unless your doctor instructs you otherwise

  • Injecting Suboxone is dangerous and can cause severe withdrawal symptoms, painful or collapsed veins, blood clots, and increased risk of infection.

  • Your friends and family should be advised that an ambulance should be called right away in the rare event that you become extremely sleepy, the pupils of your eyes become like pinpoints, you feel faint or dizzy, or your breathing becomes much slower than normal.

  • Serious overdose and death may occur if benzodiazepines, sedatives, tranquilizers, antidepressants, or alcohol are taken at the same time as Suboxone or Subutex® (buprenorphine HCl sublingual tablets).

How Do I Take Suboxone?

  • Always take your Suboxone exactly as prescribed by your doctor

  • Before taking Suboxone, it’s a good idea to drink some water to moisten your mouth. This helps the Suboxone tablets dissolve more easily.

  • If your dose is 1 Suboxone tablet, place it under your tongue, lean your head slightly forward, and let the tablet dissolve completely. Suboxone is absorbed into the bloodstream through the veins under the tongue.

  • If your dose is 2 tablets, place both of them under your tongue, 1 on the left side and 1 on the right side (you can use a mirror to make sure the tablets are in the proper places). Lean your head slightly forward and let the tablets dissolve completely – If you have more than 2 tablets to take, put the next tablet(s) under your tongue after the first tablets have dissolvedcompletely.

  • Suboxone takes a short time (about 5 to 10 minutes, but sometimes more) to dissolve completely. Don’t chew or swallow the tablets, because less Suboxone will be absorbed into your bloodstream, it will not work as well, and your withdrawal symptoms could worsen.

  • Talking while the tablets are dissolving can interfere with how well Suboxone is absorbed – You may want to do something that doesn’t require talking, such as reading or watching television, while waiting for the tablets to dissolve.

  • Let family and friends know that you won’t be able to answer them or talk on the phone during this time.

At Pat Moore Foundation Subutex and Suboxone treatments occur in a safe and comfortable setting that we consider an important aspect for the client’s state of mind. During this clients are still able to participate in counseling sessions with their case manager and group therapy with their peers, contingent on their physical well-being. To learn more about treatment, pricing and outpatient services, please click on the appropriate word.

If the individuals require further medical attention, Costa Mesa and the Newport Beach area have renowned hospitals within a few minutes of this facility.

Many issues come up in early sobriety that can be difficult to handle. The staff at Pat Moore Foundation is on call 24-hours and understands this, and is eager to help at any time of the day or night. Our goal is to enable each person who enters our doors walk the road to a healthy and happy recovery.


Pat Moore Foundation’s drug & alcohol detox and alcohol & drug addiction treatment programs are licensed and certified by The State of California. We provide non-medical and medically managed detoxification (using Suboxone, Subutex, and Buprenorphine when appropriate) and primary residential treatment. Our individual homes are on a unique co-ed campus where we offer gender specific treatment. We are located in Costa Mesa, in Orange County, Southern California, close to Newport Beach and Huntington Beach, and only an hour’s drive from Los Angeles and San Diego. To speak with a counselor, please call us 24-hours at (888) 426-6086 or if you’d like us to contact you.

Note: All medical services are administered by medical professionals, which are facilitated and operated solely under the jurisdiction of a separate medical corporation.