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Who should not take Subutex?

Subutex (buprenorphine), a medicine that helps treat addiction to opioid drugs, including heroin and narcotic painkillers like morphine, may not be recommended for the following people:
  • anyone who has had an allergic reaction to buprenorphine or any other ingredient in Subutex
  • children
  • pregnant women
  • women who are breastfeeding
  • people who can't give up drinking alcohol while they're on the drug 
  • men who have enlarged prostate glands
  • people who have problems urinating 
  • people who have had a head injury or brain problem
  • people with lung or breathing problems or who have a curvature of the spine that makes breathing difficult
  • people who have problems with their liver, kidneys, gallbladder, thyroid gland or adrenal gland
  • people who must take a medication that interacts dangerously with Subutex. Before you start taking Subutex, give your doctor a list of all your other medications (prescription and over-the-counter) and dietary or herbal supplements.

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