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Can I receive Buprenex if I have a history of respiratory problems?

If you have a history of respiratory problems, your doctor will be cautious about giving you Buprenex (buprenorphine). This drug, which is a powerful narcotic that's given by injection to relieve pain, can interfere with normal breathing. This could be dangerous for someone who has a condition that affects breathing. If your doctor decides to give you Buprenex, he or she will likely lower the typical dosage to help prevent breathing problems.

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