buprenorphine

noun bu·pre·nor·phine \ ˌbyü-prə-ˈnȯr-ˌfēn , -fən \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of buprenorphine

:a semisynthetic narcotic analgesic that is administered in the form of its hydrochloride C29H41NO4·HCl to control moderate to severe pain and treat opioid dependence
Note: Buprenorphine is administered by injection to control pain, is used in the form of a transdermal skin patch to control pain or treat opioid dependence, and is used in combination with naloxone in the form of a dissolvable tablet placed under the tongue or film placed inside the cheek to treat opioid dependence.

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First Known Use of buprenorphine

1974


Medical Dictionary

buprenorphine

noun bu·pre·nor·phine \ ˌbyü-prə-ˈnȯr-ˌfēn, -fən \

medical Definition of buprenorphine

:a semisynthetic narcotic analgesic that is derived from thebaine and is administered in the form of its hydrochloride C29H41NO4·HCl to control moderate to severe pain and treat opioid dependence
Note: Buprenorphine is administered by injection to control pain, is used in the form of a transdermal skin patch to control pain or treat opioid dependence, and is used in combination with naloxone in the form of a dissolvable tablet placed under the tongue or film placed inside the cheek to treat opioid dependence. Trademarks for preparations containing buprenorphine include Bunavail, Buprenex, Butrans, Subutex, Suboxone, and Zubsolv.

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