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Can I use Subutex if I am taking fluvoxamine?

If you are taking fluvoxamine, talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking Subutex (buprenorphine), a medicine that helps treat addiction to opioid drugs, including heroin, morphine and other narcotic painkillers. It may not be safe for you to combine Subutex and fluvoxamine, which is prescribed to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety.

Both drugs work by suppressing the central nervous system, and taking them together increases this suppression. That may raise your risk of serious side effects, such as drowsiness, trouble breathing, overdose and death. If you must take both these drugs, your doctor is likely to reduce their doses and monitor you closely for side effects.

Fluvoxamine 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 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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