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Can I use Subutex if I am taking cimetidine?

If you take cimetidine, a drug that reduces stomach acid, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before starting treatment with Subutex (buprenorphine), a drug that helps treat addiction to opioid drugs, such as heroin, and morphine and other narcotic painkillers. Cimetidine may interact with Subutex, which can cause side effects or affect how well the drugs work. Your doctor may need to adjust your doses and monitor you closely for side effects.

Cimetidine is one in a long list of drugs that can interact with Subutex. Before taking Subutex, give your doctor and pharmacist a list of all your other medicines (prescription and nonprescription) and dietary and herbal supplements. Once you're on Subutex, do not take any new drug or supplement without checking with your doctor and/or pharmacist first.

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