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Can I use Subutex if I am taking an HIV protease inhibitor?

If you are taking protease inhibitors for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), talk to your doctor and pharmacist before you take Subutex (buprenorphine), a medicine that helps treat addiction to opioid drugs, including heroin, morphine and other narcotic painkillers. HIV protease inhibitors (including ritonavir, indinavir and saquinavir) may increase your blood level of Subutex, which might raise your risk for side effects. Your doctor may need to adjust your dose of Subutex if you take HIV protease inhibitors. He or she may also monitor you for side effects.

HIV protease inhibitors are just one of several different kinds of drugs that can interact with Subutex. Before starting treatment with Subutex, give your doctor and pharmacist a list of all your other medicines (prescription and nonprescription) and herbal and dietary supplements. Once you're on Subutex, do not take any new drug or supplement without checking with your doctor and pharmacist first.

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