How Long After Taking Subutex Can You Eat?

Medically Reviewed by Johnelle Smith, M.D. on July 14, 2021

Eating food directly after taking Subutex is not recommended. This may affect its absorption and thus, its effectiveness. It’s best to wait at least 10 to 15 minutes after Subutex has completely dissolved before eating or drinking.

How Long After Taking Subutex Can I Eat?

Subutex (buprenorphine) is a prescription medication that is taken by mouth. It comes in the form of a sublingual tablet that is placed under the tongue to dissolve.

After taking Subutex, individuals should wait at least 10 to 15 minutes after the tablet has completely dissolved before eating or drinking.

It can take up to 10 minutes for Subutex tablets to fully dissolve. Talking, eating, or drinking during this time is not recommended.

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Why Do You Need To Wait To Eat After Taking Subutex?

Eating directly after taking Subutex could affect its absorption into the bloodstream. Essentially, this could make it less effective.

Unlike many prescription drugs, Subutex is not meant to be swallowed. It is put under the tongue, where it may dissolve and be absorbed into the bloodstream through the mouth.

What Happens If You Eat Too Soon After Taking Subutex

Doses of Subutex need to be fully absorbed in order to have the desired effect. If someone eats or drinks too soon after taking Subutex, this could cause it to not work as well.

Because Subutex is prescribed for opioid dependence, this means it’s possible a person could begin experiencing symptoms of opioid withdrawal if the Subutex doesn’t absorb properly.

This could cause:

  • nausea
  • opioid cravings
  • headache
  • muscle aches
  • chills or sweating
  • diarrhea

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Serious side effects can occur after taking Subutex. If you’re experiencing cravings or other withdrawal symptoms after taking Subutex, contact your doctor for further guidance.

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