Medically Reviewed by Dr. Harshi Dhingra, M.D.

Last Reviewed: Oct 30, 2023

Drug Details

Generic Name:


Common Brands:

Subutex (no longer available), a combination of buprenorphine (a partial opioid agonist) and naloxone (an opioid antagonist), is available under the brand names Zubsolv and Bunavail; the combination of buprenorphine-naloxone sold under the brand name Suboxone has been discontinued


Prescription only

Therapeutic Class:

Partial opioid agonists


Sublingual tablet and buccal film


By mouth

Therapeutic Uses:

Opioid use disorder

Controlled Status:

Schedule III controlled substance

Buprenorphine Drug Class

Buprenorphine (byoo-preh-nor-feen) is a partial opioid agonist.

Buprenorphine Age Range

Buprenorphine treatment is for adults with opioid dependence. The safety and efficacy of this drug have not been established in the pediatric population. Unintentional exposure to buprenorphine in children can lead to severe, even fatal respiratory depression.