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Can I use Subutex if I am taking niacin?

If you are taking niacin (vitamin B3), talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking Subutex (buprenorphine), a medicine that helps treat addiction to opioids, including heroin, morphine and other narcotic painkillers. Niacin, which is sometimes prescribed to lower cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood, can interact with Subutex. That interaction may affect how both drugs work and raise your risk for side effects. Your doctor may need to adjust your dose of one or both medicines and monitor you for side effects.

Niacin is one of many substances 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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