Menu icon - click here to toggle the menu

Sublocade injection treatment information

Home Sublocade injection treatment information

Sublocade is an extended-release monthly injection of buprenorphine

Reducing withdrawal symptoms

The fear of cravings and withdrawals can be a major barrier when it comes to seeking addiction treatment. However, there are medications available to control and stabilize physical withdrawal symptoms, allowing you to focus on reaching recovery. Such medications include Sublocade, a powerful tool combined with counseling to combat opioid addiction.

Similar to Suboxone, Buprenorphine is an opiate that activates receptors in a controlled fashion. That means there will be no euphoria that can cause opiate cravings. When used as a part of a complete treatment program – one that includes counseling – Sublocade can help adults overcome opioid addiction.

What is a Sublocade injection?

Sublocade is injected once a month by medical staff. Once the Sublocade injection has been given, it slowly starts to distribute throughout the body, minimizing withdrawal symptoms while also reducing cravings. Sublocade is not injected into a vein; rather, it’s an injection under the skin. Sublocade becomes a solid mass when injected into a vein. This mass can cause damage to tissues and organs, and may even break off and move through the bloodstream. That’s why it’s vital to receive the injection from a medical professional – to ensure the injection goes under the skin, not into the vein.

After your injection, you will receive a continuous delivery of buprenorphine all month long. Because this injection cannot be self-administered, there is minimal risk for potential abuse.

How much does Sublocade cost?

Much like other prescription drugs, the cost of Sublocade depends on several factors, including what your insurance plan covers. Navigating the world of insurance can be difficult and stressful – RCA can help. Our Treatment Advisors can check your insurance and give you an estimated cost of treatment.

Those without insurance have options, too. Our third-party payment plan provider, FinPay, offers interest-free payment plans. Their payment specialists, who are located in our Admissions Department, will help you figure out a payment plan that works for you. Learn more about the cost of treatment and your options.

Sublocade for opioid withdrawal

Sublocade helps prevent cravings and withdrawal symptoms that may happen when you stop taking opioids, such as morphine, oxycodone, fentanyl, and heroin. Because Sublocade is generally used for maintenance treatment, it’s best used long-term, as it keeps cravings and withdrawal symptoms at bay.

Sublocade side effects

As is the case with most drugs, there are some side effects you may experience when taking Sublocade. While side effects vary on a person-by-person basis, mild side effects of Sublocade may include:

  • Constipation
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness
  • Itching, redness, irritation or pain at the injection site
  • Nausea or vomiting

While many experience mild side effects, it’s important to keep your doctor notified. Because you’ll be receiving Sublocade from a medical professional, you will be in contact with a doctor on a regular basis, making it easy to keep them informed of your side effects and any other questions or concerns you may have.

Where to find a Sublocade doctor

Because Sublocade is a prescription drug, you’ll need to find a Sublocade doctor to administer the injection and monitor your process. Also, addiction effects behaviors, so it’s important to find a Sublocade doctor who also provides counseling. Individual, group, and family therapy can help someone suffering from an addiction understand behaviors and emotions that are often tied to addiction. Plus, counseling is an effective way to teach essential recovery skills.

Recovery Centers of America believes in offering the best treatment options when it comes to fighting addiction. All of our MAT facilities provide Sublocade, as well as Methadone, Suboxone, and Subutex.



Treatment Advisor
Standing By, 24/7