FDA Approves Two Generic Versions of Suboxone

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) informed the maker of the opioid addiction treatment Suboxone that it has approved two generic versions of the drug, according to Reuters. The company, Reckitt Benckiser, had asked the agency to block the generic products because of concerns over pediatric poisonings.

Reckitt asked the FDA to refuse applications from generic drug makers unless they adopted stricter packaging standards. The FDA decided there was not enough evidence to support the need for stricter packaging, Reuters notes.

The agency said it received comments that Reckitt’s request was an anti-competitive practice, and will refer the company to the Federal Trade Commission.

The company voluntarily withdrew the sale of Suboxone tablets in the United States, and instead is selling individually sealed film strips, which melt under the tongue. Reckitt said tablets posed a risk of poisoning for children who accidentally got hold of them.

In a statement, Reckitt noted it “is disappointed with the decision but will continue to work with the FDA on safety enhancements.” The company said it will carry on with the decision to discontinue the sale of tablets of Suboxone in the United States.

81 Responses to FDA Approves Two Generic Versions of Suboxone

  1. Fr. Jack Kearney | February 25, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    We are grateful to Reckitt for developing Suboxone and for their concerns about safety, but now it’s time to make this wonderful product more available to fight the horrible disease of addiction.

    • Andrew | March 26, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      They only stopped selling the suboxone tablets because their patent ran out, they just won’t say that and instead say it’s because of the bottle not being child proof enough, what about morphine or any order heavy drug that can kill, why doesn’t the FDA go after them. So they made the suboxone strips and got a patent for that instead. It’s all about the money, I don’t think there are any cases of children getting into a tamper proof bottle of suboxone, only cases of the prescription holder being negligent and leaving suboxone out or dropping a pill.

  2. Sharon Dembinski | February 26, 2013 at 8:12 am

    The FDA made the correct decision! This medication, along with methadone will now be much more accessible and that will safe more lives than any safety concern put at risk!

    • debbie | April 11, 2013 at 3:59 pm

      hi plz tell me are the side effects to the generic well put it this way i feel they do not last as long and become nausea , i feel the generic is to generic i was done to one sub a day now i am back up to 2

      • darciedetullio | June 18, 2013 at 2:06 pm

        this new but generic suboxone isn’t working at all my cravings are back and i have had stomach problems for 6months now. every time i take this generic tablet my stomach burns and extreme pain wont go away. i really cant take these at all.

        • FlaRes | July 23, 2013 at 1:56 am

          I know someone who could not take the strips, only the Suboxone pills. Do the research, there are some people who CANNOT take the strips. Recently the Pharmacy switched them to the “generic” for Suboxone. It is white and called Buprenorphin-Naloxon…..They noticed a Big difference with nausea, fatigue, etc…..On the bottle most generics will SAY “generic” This does NOT say generic on the bottle. It says “Sub for : Suboxone ” so it is NOT a generic, it is a SUBSTITUTE …..There is a difference.

          • IdoneDiditAll | October 21, 2013 at 11:36 pm

            actually my friend, it actually does say generic for suboxone on my bottle. Don’t go around saying things unless it is a FACT.

          • Ellyn | March 3, 2014 at 1:07 pm

            A substitution is the generic equivalent. Everyone thinks they are a pharmacist because they take a lot drugs. Sorry

        • Jhon | February 23, 2014 at 4:58 pm

          Your wrong and should do some research

      • Dawn | December 9, 2013 at 11:41 am

        I too feel the same way. The generic versions of suboxone are definitely not as strong. I notice they dissolve much quicker and they don’t seem to last nearly as long. I prefer the strips. But because of insurance and pricing I can’t neccessarily get them so I’ve found the best way to get the most of the generic versions are to do the following : do not est drink or smoke anything 20 minutes before or after taking it. Although it dissolves much quicker try to keep it under your tongue for as long as u can for maximum absorbtion. If u follow these little tricks u will definitely feel a difference. Hope this helps :)

      • pete | February 12, 2014 at 9:13 pm

        if you didn’t feel the generic’s right I hope you called the FDA please put up the number for the FDA and people gotta start talking about this…

        • Queena | February 14, 2014 at 12:41 am

          What’s the FDA number didnt see it anywhere

        • Scott Exler | March 14, 2014 at 10:05 am

          how does someone complain to the FDA about a generic drug..And how do you take a gen. sub tab.? swallow or desolve under tongue.

      • Queena | February 14, 2014 at 12:31 am

        Yeah I feel the same generic suboxone don’t last very long at all and cause a lot of side effects when I switched from the orange tablets. I changed my whole life with suboxone and now haveing side effects is messing me up.

      • Karrie Smith | March 10, 2014 at 4:27 pm

        A generic medication has the EXACT same active medication as a brand name drug. It has to be identical or the FDA cannot approve it. Many times the medication is made in the same factory, on the same exact machine as a brand name drug. For example: Tylenol and it’s generic: acetaminophen. It’s probably just in your head. If you don’t think you are getting something as good, it won’t feel as good. A reverse placebo effect.

        • Scott Exler | March 14, 2014 at 10:08 am

          no ..generics are not exactly the same ..ask your dot or pharmasist they will tell you.

        • jillphelps41 | March 14, 2014 at 2:50 pm

          I agree. When I had to go to the films after being on pill form for so long, I HATED the films. I thought they just didn’t work as well or last nearly as long as the pill form. After talking to my doctor and doing some research, I finally accepted that it was psychosomatic and dealt with the fact that I was not going to be able to get the pill form anytime soon. Now, I am debating on trying the generic just for the convenience(not having to go to the bathroom to open my film & hide the package) of the pill.

    • Just me | February 7, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      I disagree.
      A child can get a hold of any drug that is dangerous that has irresponsible parents that would leave them in a child’s reach. Rather it’s suboxone or oxycodone.

  3. Sarz Maxwell MD | February 26, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Hooray! Finally, finally, buprenorphine will be available to the people who need it most. I’ve prescribed this drug in office-based treatment since it came out in 2002. Initially, Suboxone was a badly-needed option for the cohort of opiate addicts who would not/could not go to methadone clinics — higher-functioning addicts in positions of responsibility, who previously had no options for treatment. Now we’ve seen that even more disorganized, sicker addicts can safely manage buprenorphine in office-based treatment, and it’s way past time for the treatment to be financially available to this cohort as well.
    I am now practicing in New Zealand, where suboxone just become available 7 months ago. It’s very interesting to watch the treating community go through the same process we all did in America in 2002, learning to use and trust the drug.
    I applaud Reckitt-Benckiser for making this treatment available in the first place, but I have long deplored R-B’s self-serving hammerlock on the drug. Surely they’ve made enough profit already… now it’s time to make it available to all who need it.

  4. James | March 10, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    How much profit is enough? Just a little bit more….always!

    • darlene cannaday | March 31, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      I agree with you profit margins seem to rule the world.

  5. Sandra | April 10, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    I have been on suboxone for a wile and now I finally feel like I can stay clean in the long term future. I got addicted to pain medication because since I didn’t have insurance the doctors would not give me the treatment I needed and instead they gave me hundreds of pain pills a month to mask the problem so they didn’t have to do the surgeries I needed. And I did what they told me to do, take 1-2 every 4-6 hours for the pain, and for years probably 12 yrs I did that because I trusted my doctor. My attitude was he is the trained professional and he WILL NOT prescribe me something if it will hurt me, he knows what he is doing after all doctors take an oath to do no harm and not to cause more harm. For years I was fine, it wasn’t until someone came in and stole my pain pills that I started to think something was wrong with me. I got so sick and later found out it was not the flu, I had no idea what withdrawal was as far as I was concerned withdrawal involved my checking account, ya know withdrawing money. I was completely uneducated. In the end I ended up in treatment and with some legal issues all because I had no idea about the worst side effect of the pain pills, addiction. I believe suboxone is why I am still here. Suboxone and with outpatient treatment are what has saved me and allow me to stay clean and sober. I don’t know how long I will have to be on it but right now it has been 15 months. I will start the generic tomorrow because my insurance would rather pay for generic because it is cheaper than name brand. I know a lot of people that will now be able to get this medication and get better which is awesome. Now if they could increase the number of patients doctors are allowed to Prescribe suboxone to then they would be able to help a lot more people that really want and need the help.

    • jeff | January 1, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      I live in Ms & I have been on strips 4 2 yrs this time & my ins stops covering them today so Monday I have 2 be switched 2 generic. From the reviews I’ve read I’m not looking forward to it! I take 2 & a 1/2 strips a day now & it will probly have to take 4-5 generic ones to equal do u know which one is best white or orange?

    • steve | February 21, 2014 at 4:44 am

      Subutex has been around for a long time they work wayyyyy better then suboxone. They just do not have the Nax in them. Without insurance I pay 89 dollars for 45 sub-lingual tablets

      • starrvuk | February 25, 2014 at 12:41 pm

        can you tell me which pharmacy you go to, because I to am on subutex but the lowest price I could find for 56 is 180 dollars, and that is with a coupon discount.

  6. Kathy | April 12, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    I would like to know the difference in the price of the suboxone gerenic (strips?) and the regular subozone where u all are cause where i live in Miss. the price is not much different.

  7. jasmine | May 21, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    the new generic suboxones don’t work as well they give me a bad migrane and don’t help with my pain I really wish my insurance would cover my old orange ones new ones are white

    • Ed | December 1, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      I’m sorry but if u have been on suboxone for a year u would not be going into withdrawls after 3 days. The new pills may make u sick but they r not withdrawls

      • herbert Horner | January 11, 2014 at 8:40 pm

        You could not be more WRONG! My wife and I have been on suboxone for close to five years. There have been a few short periods over which we did not have any suboxone. Withdrawals start after 24 hours: fatigue, cravings, yawning. Symptoms are mild at first; they become more intense daily. It can take as long as four days for certain other symptons like stomach aches, diareah, acid reflux, and the rest of that gang that holds you hostage physically and mentally until you give up the fight.

        • David Ball | February 26, 2014 at 3:27 pm

          It must vary in people. I was on methadone for 10 years and would be in full blown w.d.’s if I went 36 hours without dosing. Ive been on Suboxone over 4 yrs now and due to cost I have been without completely for 10 plus days 3-4 times without so much as a sniffle. Subs affect my best friend same as methadone did.me. its puzzling

  8. Terri Stevens | May 25, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Well I am a patient that has been switched over from the named brand Suboxone to the Buprenorphin/Nalaxobe generic and I can testify that the generic is NOT working. I AM SICK FROM THIS GENERIC. I am going into extreme withdrawl with sweats, muscle pains in my leggs, severe nausea and vomiting and massive bouts of diarreha. I can t believe they have put this clearly different drug or weaker form of the drug on the market and tried to pass it off as the same. it is NOT THE SAME and I AM SICK WITH WITHDRAWL TO PROVE IT. A year on the name brand pill, and three days on the generic and I am so very sick. I am calling my physician tomorrow and asking for the name brand FILM form of this drug because there is no generic so my insurance company can not force me to take a generic. This is horrifying and I hope that people report this to the FDA. HORRIFIC WITHFRAWL ON GENERIC SUBOXONE PILLS. Be careful and talk with your physician before your insurance forces you into switching. Good Luck.

    • Kathy | July 4, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      Hi Terri, I’ve been on Suboxone for 2 years. I just recently lost my job and med. insurance. So, now my Dr. says he’ll put my on the generic, which I hear doesn’t work very well. I’ve been taking 3 films per day. Do you think the generic is working just the same for you? Please let me know, I would very much appreciate your rsponce.
      Thanks Kathy

  9. steve | June 9, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    I hear everyone sayin the generic suboxone dont work they worked fine for me n ive been on subs 7 years. I know opiate addiction is physical trust me been sick plenty but some of its mental. You ever been really sick and find out ur buddies bringin a couple pills and you kind of feel better just knowing hes coming? I think people are assuming the generics arent as strong so mentally u think they arent working. Idk it could just be me?

    • rod | November 29, 2013 at 6:33 pm

      I think you are absolutely right been 5 yrs for me and they work fine only thing is the strips easier to cut up in smaller Pcs more equally. Trying to quit now tho we will see what happens :/

      • TBP | March 14, 2014 at 5:35 am

        I just want to tell everyone out that Hebert hover is rite about subs their all the same it’s all in your mind they all work the same be it pill or strip the only one it doesn’t work on is the guy who’s not hooked and only because he’s making all the money on he’s not hooked think about it . Are you rich

    • herbert Horner | January 11, 2014 at 9:02 pm

      Refreshing! So glad to learn that there is still intelligent life in America. You nailed it! I had just told my wife the same thing and, of course, it did no good. She is a classic example of one who will read these statements and, not having tried the generic, she will join the “It doesn’t work!” chorus. She, and the masses, will eventually realize that this generic suboxone CONSPIRACY is simply one part of a more sinister plot hell bent on taking complete cotrol of all of us. HELP!!

    • Karrie Smith | March 10, 2014 at 4:40 pm

      EXACTLY Steve!!! By law it has to be IDENTICAL. If you took organic chemistry, the buprenorphine (generic name)HAS to be identical to Suboxone (brand name). The FDA cannot give permission for that drug to be sold if they aren’t the same. I’m betting Reckitt will be making both. There are TONS of brand name meds being sold under a brand name that have just came off the same machine and same batch as the generic. People who are not informed are wasting their money, and that’s what Brand meds want. You are paying for the packaging. That’s the only difference. I’m a registered nurse. Plus it’s on Dr Oz today. Do some research at .gov, .edu, or some .net sites. Don’t waste your time looking under .com. .com is for commericial websites.

  10. casey | June 15, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Good. It’s about time for a generic for this drug. A lot of people cannot afford the 500.00 dollar prescription for name brand, so they go without the help they need. Thank you FDA.

  11. Kathy | July 4, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    I just recently lost my really great insurance, I only paid $20.00 amonth for 90 of the film Suboxone. My doctor said it’s no problem, he’ll just charge me $50.00 for the monthly doctors appointment and prescribe the generic Suboxone. I’m really freaked out from what all the people are saying about the generic! I was an addict and also use it for pain control from cancer. Please someone tell me that the generic works just as well!
    Thanks, FREAKED OUT

    • Tugman | August 3, 2013 at 5:51 pm

      Have had 40 plus years addicted. Prescribed Suboxone in 2008. Was off and on, paying as could afford due to lack of insurance. Last 3 years have been steady at 3 tabs/day. Been on generic for 3 months. Find it does not last as long as the orange ones but does provide more pain relief. Good trade-off for me!!!!!

  12. cellisa | July 8, 2013 at 9:39 am

    well i know everything works different on everyone so maybe its not working as well on others but its great that there is a generic form for people as for me i have to go to a clinic everyday with my 2 small children an its terrible i never know when i fights going to break out or worse so for those conmpaining go to a clinic for a week or so u will be greatful give it time they will start to work. opiate addition is the worse thing u could ever go through an its a huge problem so its wonderful when the FDA steps up an helps cause most people say its only n ur head well i been suffering with this for 5 yrs an its terrible sometimes i just wish someone would have told me what pain pills would have lead to now 5 yrs later i still have to get up every morning an take a pill when will it END. thank u FDA

    • cj | March 7, 2014 at 10:57 am

      Here is my opinion. I have been on suboxone for about 5 years now. started off on the Orange 8.5. Insurance would not cover that at one point and switched me to the film. During the initial transition from tab to film, i noticed a difference and did not like the film. After sucking it up i got used to them and then preferred them over the tablets. Now with a state insurance, i am being switched over to the generic. I do worry it will have similar reaction to when i was switched to the film, but i feel it is somewhat mental, its something new and its scarey. When i first went off of pills onto suboxone i did not feel great either it took some time to get used to the new drug. Bottom line, we are all different, especially financially what works for some doesnt for others but please dont discourage each other. I also feel it has to do with how many your taking. I am down to 1/2 a day and i find if i take any more that that I get a headache and i feel drowsy for days. I dont believe you should ever need 2-3 suboxone films/tabs ANYTHING a day.. I was never on that much. The most i was ever prescribed was 1 a day and i was on heroin for 7 years. So i honestly feel that any slight change in how you feel your reaction is to the drug. You have to give things a chance to work and most important is you have to stop depending on these things. A little discomfort for a short period of time can go a very long way! best of luck to you all!

  13. J.Smith | July 14, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    I’ve been taking suboxone for a few years and recently went from the name brand orange pills to the generic white ones and they work EXACTLY the same as the name brand. In fact I prefer the generic tablets as they don’t taste nearly as bad as the orange name brand suboxone tabs. It must be a psychosomatic reaction to something new because chemically there is no difference.

    • dillon | September 10, 2013 at 6:10 pm

      Just got switched to generic tabs. Works just as good but still over 600 $ !!

  14. Sheri s | July 18, 2013 at 9:42 am

    there are two or three different generic i heard the roxanne ones make people sick and dont work good

  15. Krystal | July 22, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    I recently had to take one of the new generic suboxones. I got the orange one marked AN 415. And took my normal half a pill and dissolved it under my tongue and it is the worst! I have been taking the films or over a year and when I took this news generic pill Ihad no idea it was a generic. I thot it was just the samebut in a different form, so NO it wasn’t mental.. I have done a lot of research online and hav also learned that these new generic pills are bupreorphine HYDROCHLORIDE & naloxone HYDROCHLORIDE. I don’t kno if the strips have the hydrocl in them but it doesn’t say it on the package, so I’m wondering and searching the internet for answers… if any1 has any idea if this may be why they don’t work as well for me and others i’d appreciate it. I know everyone’s body is different and for some they work just the same but for me they deffinitely don’t. Thanks for any insight

  16. Krystal | July 22, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    J. Smith Iknow you said chemically there is no difference but I wonder if this hydrochloride has anything to do with the different effects?

  17. Derek | July 31, 2013 at 10:59 am

    this medication is horrable, burning,headaches,sickness, dirahrea etc…. just to save money. been on the regular for 1 year. now i started this white one monday and it is really bad!! skin red, im sick! the VA said they did it to save money!! wow! well they should of had clinical trials before they did this! a lot of people are going to be hurting on this one! possably going back to the streets! epic fail!!! thanks FDA you need to pull these back ASAP!!!

    • Jim B | September 4, 2013 at 8:27 am

      Derek, I feel for you, my friend! Read my posts for today. Seeing my VA doctor next Monday to get a script for the brand name. I’ve got to! I’m sick as a dog! Hang in there!


  18. Lorien | September 3, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    I have been on.buprenorphine (subutext) which is what they give pregnant women its suboxone witgout the blockrr and its also half the price of regular suboxone, ive had suboxone films subutext and suboxone generic tablets, well I prefer the subutext over all, but I dont know whats up the the generic subs but they make me sick… not only are they weaker but they upset my stomach give me crazy dizzy spells and I just feel all.around bad when I take them…. I dont kno wats wrong with these new generics but I will pay out of pocket before I take these any longer… the subutext is 3$ cheaper a pill anyways

    • Jim B | September 4, 2013 at 8:24 am

      Lorien, read my post from today. I feel for you! I do! My whole digestive system has been screwed up since I started this generic crap! The problem is that so many doctors who treat former addicts, tend to lump everyone together and treat them all the same! It’s all in your head! The generic is identical to the brand! Blah. Blah. Blah. They should know better than anyone that not everyone responds to meds the same way! That’s why they have alternatives! What doesn’t work for one person, works super for another person! I’m going to push to get a script that I can fill on my own for the brand name. It’s expensive, but I’ve got NO quality of life with these generics! My heart goes out to anyone, and everyone who is in the same boat!

  19. Jim B | September 4, 2013 at 8:16 am

    I’ve been on suboxone for 4 years, as a Vet. VA has gone to white generic pill. I thought it was just me, but I’m not feeling well at all! They seem to work, BUT, for about 30 minutes. Rest of the day I feel like crap! Asking my VA doc to write a script that I can fill for the brand name. It’s worth the money not to feel so horrible!

  20. Christina | September 4, 2013 at 9:55 am

    I’ve been on suboxone for 6 years. First I started on the Orange pills. Then was switched to films. But now I have to take generic white suboxone because my insurance company does not cover the films. This really sucks because I also get sick and do not feel it working. It’s a shame that people who take suboxone and keep it up away from there kids have to switch. They should have a record on file if it has happen. So they have to switch. Because I’m tired of switching every time I get used to taking one. I really like the films because when you cut down to lower yourself off of suboxone. You can cut it better and it doesn’t fall apart like the pills.

  21. Jim B | September 10, 2013 at 6:45 am

    Saw my VA doc yesterday. He wrote a script for me to get the brand name orange pill. I can’t wait to the difference it’s going to make. Haven’t felt right since the first day I took that generic white pill. It crumbles! I take 4 mg a day. The orange ones broke very easily, but the white ones, NOT! My VA doc treats every patient like they’re a drug seeker; always suspicious when you tell him something like, the generic is not working! I’m dropping the VA as soon as I can!!! I’ll let you know the difference.

  22. jeremy in NH | September 10, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    I am prescribed the white actavis generics. No diff except tastes alot better. If anything they work stronger faster. Anyone whi says otherwise is full of sht or is trying ti scam their doc for a dose increase. However, i have heard the orange generics really do suck. I am a chronic pain/dependance patient, and can feel even the slightest of difference between meds.

  23. jr | September 30, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    ihave been taking the name brand for about five years now and now they tell me they quit making them so iv`e been taking the ornage generic`s for a few day`s and i hate them they are not half as good as the name brand. so why in the hell do they quit making something that work`s so well it don`t make3 any sence to me. so now what`s a person suppose to do.i`m afraid i`m might go back to doing the crap i was doing before & that would relly be bad for me & my family

    • Scott Exler | March 14, 2014 at 1:06 pm

      Go to CVS they have the White Actavis, and they work fine !!

  24. missy | September 30, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    the orange generic pills don`t work half as good as the name brand they suck

  25. iwannabeanon | October 26, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    I promise, I swear, the generics work. I was on the name brand since 2005. I’ve been on the generics since their release- didn’t really notice any change, but took a few weeks to settle in my system. But there were withdrawals or any discomfort. It’s natural to worry that the generics won’t work as good- our minds can play tricks on us. Now, my only issue is that the cost really isn’t that much cheaper. My insurance is paying more, but my company is now making RXs subject to the normal health deductible. Thanks to damn obamacare affecting existing insurance provided by companies. Hopefully the generics will drop in price to somewhere in the neighborhood of generic subutex. I’m not being greedy, this pill saved and changed my life. But it needs to be affordable.

  26. lindsay | November 10, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    The new orange suboxone tab s that have AN 415 on them do they work better or just the same as the new white,generic? I’ve been taking the white one and they work great for me but IM worried bout the orange ones

  27. Michael | December 7, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    I have one more prescription of the sublingual films before my insurance is making me switch to either buprenorphine/naloxone subblingual tabs or zubsolv sublingual tabs. Can someone taking either of these please shed some light on this for me. I have been taking 3 film strips for a little over a year now and I woke up the other night in cold sweats and could taste oxycontin, it was a horrible dream and do not want to relapse. Any and all info is helpful & welcome!

  28. Derek F | December 9, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Hey guys I just received a letter stating my insurance was non longer going to cover the name brand “Suboxone films”.. I’ve been on them for about 2 years now and I’m wondering is there a generic film? Or is it just the generic white and orange tabs? I’ve tried the orange and they were very hard and took a very long time to absorb, any help would be greatly appreciated!

  29. Rose M Christian | December 19, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    I feel the same way. They do not work as well. I had to switch to generic because my insurance doesn’t pay for film anymore. Is there anything I can do to get my film back.

  30. jeremy in NH | December 25, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    So many people with weak minds! This is unbelievable! Ive been on these generic 2mg white subs sinve they came out and they are about 20% better than the 2mg brand suboxone. Lmfao at all the whiners who think that their docs will give them more if they complain all over the internet about them. Just ask your doc. Most of them will do as you ask. If not, your doc sucks and im sorry for you. White subs rule. Even if the name brand tabs came back, i cant say id switch back.

  31. karen | December 30, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    I can only speak for myself, but when I asked my pharmacist how much cheaper the generic would be, it really wasn’t that much of a difference, maybe $30 (and after reading some of the issues above, I believe I’ll stick with the strips)…..taking 2 a day of the 8mg-2mg (still don’t know what that means!?) for 1 month costs me $460 (but I do believe it’s going up in 2 days, january 1) not to mention the $160 that the doctor visit costs…………it’s crazy, it’s almost cheaper to just ‘stay high’…………..

  32. katy t | January 2, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Help please – I’m confused. I’d like to switch from suboxone to subutex. Subutex is not the generic, is it? Subutex is exactly like Suboxone, except with out the opiate blocker, correct? So if i have been on suboxone for a few years, switching to Subutex will not make any difference, right?
    (I’m going to have surgery soon and will need to be able to take pain medication).
    PS – I’ve only been using Suboxone as an adjunct to my antidepressant, because otherwise antidepressants done’t work sufficiently. This is the first time I’ve ever really found help-when the Suboxone was added

  33. Tom | January 4, 2014 at 4:01 am

    I’ve never tried the regular suboxone, but I have been on the white generics for the past month (12mg total daily). I can say definitely that they are a miracle pill work great for me, I can honestly say I think they saved my life.

  34. Barbara | January 15, 2014 at 8:08 am

    I have been on suboxone since 2006 and they saved my life. Now due to my new insurance regulations I have changed to the new buprenorphin/naloxon tabs. The only differance I’ve noticed is the taste.Lets face it, they all taste disgusting. As for people going through withdrawal after two or three days I personally think it all in their head! I know people who swear the generic form of Xanax doesn’t work either, they want the real thing. I think this new substitution form will enable people to afford getting it. My bottle does not say generic, it says substitution. Anything that can help other opiate addicts stop using is a blessing. I tried anything and all differant ways to stop and these pills have been the only things that works.

  35. Amanda | January 17, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    I don’t think feeling withdraw symptoms is in people’s heads. I’ve been on the films for 11 months and my insurance decided to stop paying for them so I was switched to the generic orange pills. 3 days had gone by and every day I was feeling worse and worse. We all know what withdraw feels like….clearly. Knowing that is what prompted me to research the difference between film vs pills and name brand vs generic because I saw no other relatable fact that could explain why I was suddenly feeling like crap. And I’m glad I did because I now know that I’m not alone. Now I will say that I am not in full blown withdraw but it’s pretty uncomfortable. Needless to say, some warning may have been nice. It’s pretty obvious that medication works differently on each person….even if they are only subtle differences. We all came to suboxone to turn our lives around for the better yet some of you treat people on here as if they are full blown addicts looking for a fix. Take a good look in the mirror before you go calling the kettle black.

  36. zhunter | January 18, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    taking the orange round generics are certainly different than the white round ‘half-moon’. thanks drug manufacturing companies for keeping the ‘people’ in mind, its of course a business, and therefore, we do not matter in their eyes.

    • ron | February 18, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      Jeff don’t know what your talking about. The white 155 generics are fine the orange AN415 round generics do not work! If you get them do not take any. Take them back and switch pharmacy. Always check your pills before you leave they will switch without telling you. Strips and white generics are the best and the orange rounds not stop signs suck

  37. jeff | January 23, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    u people who say the white generic ones arr weaker are frieken nuts!!! there just as strong as the films or brand name orange ones. its all in your HEADS!!!!!!!

  38. James | January 26, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    I just got switched to orange 8/2′s. By Amneal. I’ve been on it for years and noticed no difference. Actually maybe to me they work better than the strips. I guess everyone is different.

  39. James | January 26, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    I just want to add that I don’t think all generics are equal. Especially the Xanax and Valium which doesn’t even come in V cut name brand any more. When I was abusing pain meds Watsons always were better. That doesn’t mean other brands don’t have same amount of hydrocodone but it could be the fillers or some other compound affects the release of it.

    I just did not have this issue with the generic subs. Also the subs are made in the US where many other generics come from India, China, etc.

  40. Ry | February 4, 2014 at 1:00 am

    I was injured serving my country, after coming home I became addicted to pain meds. The VA saved my life by putting me on a Suboxone program contracted through a local clinic. Everything was great until they switched to from the orange pill, to the strips, and finally to the Generic White Pills! I have been throwing up non stop and have lost 20 lbs! The Generic form of Suboxone is Poison!!! I throw up everything until there is nothing left and at the end I taste that unmistakable taste of the Generic Suboxone. My body seems to be trying to fight to keep it out!!! I don’t know what to do! The clinic keeps talking about “costs”! The VA is paying them almost $1000 a month!!!

    • Elisha | February 9, 2014 at 11:06 pm

      That’s terrible .. I am still on strips . Have been 2.5 years . Never had the pills . But the strips are fine for me and my doctor writes on my prescription “8-2 FILM ” .. That’s a shame I just a regular old junkie who was a heroin addict is getting better treatment than our soldiers .. Shame on the USA . Yes I have insurance too but they haven’t yet said anything to me about switching to generic .. Now that I’ve said it they’ probably will .. I’m sorry you’re sick I’ll pray for you

    • ron | February 18, 2014 at 2:49 pm

      Ry I take the white round 155. Is that what u have? I know that you need to eat before you take any. And make sure you don’t swallow a lot when its in your mouth. The white ones and the strips are about the same. I get 3 a day of the white ones and they do fine. But I take it a quarter at a time . Try taking half of your dose and take the other half in 15 min after the first half. I hope it helps. Make sure they dissolve in your mouth don’t swallow any pill.

  41. Suboxoneleavemealone | March 21, 2014 at 12:06 am

    First of all half of you people have no idea what your talking about, a generic does not have to have the same ingredients it has to be bio equivalent to a certain percentage, and there are what’s called, fillers and different companies use different fillers in the medication, fillers are generally used to form the shape maintain the mass of the pill, and ect, lol to the person that said they’re probably made on the same line or warehouse you should probably begin weening down from your obviously painfully high dose.

  42. anom | March 25, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    I’m curious if the AN415 orange pill has the blocker in being informed it doesn’t yet finding info saying it does my pharmacy is a joke so I’d not doubt it is they giving me
    the wrong pill.

  43. jeremy | April 15, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Still loving the white actavis tabs. I tried the orange ones in january and had to go back to my doc almost 2 weeks early. Back on the white and all is right!

  44. James Amato | April 16, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    These generic sub tablets is an awesone new weapon to help combat chronic opioid abuse. Alot more people will be able to afford them now who couldnt when all that was available was the name brand Suboxone. I just filled my subs tonight 60 of them and i have to say they work better than the strips. Thank you FDA for allowing this medicine to be more available for unfortunate people!!!

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