I am watching the progress of Probuphine, the buprenorphine implant, as it clears each new hurdle in the drug approval process with a lot of interest. This new medication could really upgrade our options for treating opiate dependence.
Probuphine is a new form of buprenorphine currently in phase 3 clinical trials in the United States and Europe. Probuphine is a small, solid rod that is placed under the skin by a doctor in a simple office procedure.
Probuphine provides 6 months of continuous buprenorphine dosing from a single implant or set of implants. Buprenorphine is a medication used to treat opiate dependence. Buprenorphine limits cravings and prevents physical withdrawal from opiates.
Buprenorphine (Suboxone and Subutex) are currently available in pill form or film form. The pill or film is taken orally to be absorbed beneath the tongue. Most people take buprenorphine in daily doses. Many people in early recovery have a hard time holding and managing their own buprenorphine. Medication is often lost, stolen or sold. Probuphine might solve this problem for a lot of people.
If you or someone you know is or was prescribed Probuphine through the clinical trials, please leave a comment or email me at I would like to hear about your experience with Probuphine.