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Can I use Subutex if I am taking dexamethasone?

If you are taking the corticosteroid medication dexamethasone, talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking Subutex (buprenorphine), a drug that helps treat addiction to opioid drugs, including heroin, morphine and other narcotic painkillers. Dexamethasone may interact with Subutex, which could affect how well either drug works and raise your risk for side effects. Your doctor may need to adjust your doses and monitor you closely for side effects.

Dexamethasone is one of many drugs that may interact with Subutex. Before starting treatment with 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 pharmacist first.

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