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Can I use Subutex if I have a history of gallbladder problems?

If you have a history of gallbladder problems, talk to your doctor before taking Subutex (buprenorphine), a medicine that helps treat addiction to opioid drugs, including heroin and narcotic painkillers like morphine. Subutex has been shown to increase pressure on the gallbladder and the ducts connected to it, possibly worsening your gallbladder problems. Your doctor may want to monitor you closely, including the functioning of your gallbladder, while you are on Subutex. Alternatively, he or she may determine that Subutex is not the right medicine for you.

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