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Can I use Subutex if I have a history of kidney disease?

If you have a history of kidney disease, talk to your doctor before taking Subutex (buprenorphine), a medicine prescribed to treat opioid addiction in adults. In studies, Subutex does not appear to worsen kidney disease; research suggests that people with kidney disease can tolerate a normal dose of Subutex. However, your doctor may want to monitor your health closely while you're on Subutex to make sure that the drug is not affecting your kidney function and that you are responding well to the drug overall.

Update your doctor on any changes in your health while you are taking Subutex. If you have symptoms of possible kidney problems -- such as trouble urinating or pain in the lower back or side -- call your doctor right away.

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