What is Probuphine? 

  • Probuphine is an implant that contains the medicine buprenorphine. Probuphine is used to treat certain adults who are addicted to (dependent on) opioid drugs (either prescription or illegal). Probuphine is a part of a complete treatment program that also includes counseling and behavioral therapy.
  • Probuphine implants contain the opioid buprenorphine, which may cause physical dependence.

 

How does Probuphine Work? 

  • Four implants are inserted under the skin of your upper arm during a procedure done in your physician's office or Opioid Treatment Program (OTP).
  • The implants remain in your arm for six months.
  • After the six-month period, your doctor must remove the implants.
  • If you wish to continue Probuphine, your doctor may insert new implants to continue treatment. 
  • The implants can be removed sooner if you want to stop treatment.
  • Patients must continue to see their doctor at least every month while on Probuphine therapy.
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Addiction to opiods including painkillers and heroin claims nearly 29,000 American lives each year. A new treatment for addicts using implants should be available by the end of next month, reports Anna Werner.