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Anyone tried or is using once a month injection?

Posted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:51 pm
by rob500
I’ve read about the new form of buprenorphine where it’s injected once monthly and supposedly the drug is released at a steady rate for 30 days.
I can see many benefits,if it works,so I’d thought I’d ask if anyone has tried the new form or is currently trying it?

Re: Anyone tried or is using once a month injection?

Posted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:00 pm
by docm2
From what I have read and heard the actual rollout isn't until February or March. Have not heard a peep from my Indivior rep.

Re: Anyone tried or is using once a month injection?

Posted: Sat Feb 03, 2018 11:32 pm
by rob500
I’m hoping maybe someone has been prescribed it or maybe it’s still too soon.
I’m not sure but there seems to be more than one company making it.
One is an implant made of rods,the other an injection but maybe it’s the same delivery system.

Re: Anyone tried or is using once a month injection?

Posted: Sun Feb 04, 2018 8:23 am
by Lillyval
It is my understanding that the injection will cost over $1500 per month, and I have not heard if any insurance companies are even looking at covering it yet.

Re: Anyone tried or is using once a month injection?

Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:13 am
by ReadyasEver
New here and have been on Zubsolv since June 2015, after using hydros for 10 years, abusing them the last 5 of that.

I had the Probuphine implant placed in July of 2017. I was the third person in Texas to have it placed, and I jumped on here because I have no idea what to expect now that I had it removed yesterday (left it in two months longer, because it was due to come out a week before the holidays...not a good time for w/d)!! Was hoping to find someone else who has had one as well!

Im happy to share my thoughts on the implant though, I’d you had questions. I think it’s great for breaking the psychological addiction to pills. I never could cut out that second dose on my own. It was there, so I took it...classic addict. I did taper the dosage down to 1.2mg, from a starting dose of 5.6mgx2 (I think these Zubsolv doses are the same as 4mg and 8mg of Suboxone, respectively). Then my doctor encouraged the implant...against my addict judgment. What can I say...pills have been my best friend for 12 years. I was scared of not having them.

So glad I did it though...and have put in the hard work of recovery for three years now, psychologically and emotionally, and finally feel ready to be done with all forms of opiates!! Day 2 is well on its way...I mean, kinda, since technically, it’s technically there from the hella long half life...but still. I’m counting it!!

I was the first and only implant my doctor has done so far, so I was talking to the doctor/rep who came yesterday for my removal, and she was talking about the shot, as well. Saying it should be available soon. I told her it’s a shame the implants are so expensive because they are very effective, and she said They created the shot to be a cheaper option?

Happy to share my experience if anyone has questions. And would love to find someone who has had an implant too!!! I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little nervous!! Ready to slay the beast, but nervous and still have to talk myself into trusting myself!!

Re: Anyone tried or is using once a month injection?

Posted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 6:50 am
by jennjenn
Hey ready as ever! Welcome.

There is a person (I'm almost positive) that posted a bit ago about just coming off the implant. I'm going to look for it for ya. If u go to the search function and type in something like 'buprenorphine implant' it should bring up a few posts about it. If I'm not mistaken, this person posted about having the implant removed.

We don't know a whole lot about this implant just yet because it is so dang expensive. It's crazy to me that the company would charge so much $! Is that the reason u decided to remove it, because of the expense? Did it work well for u?

I'm gonna try to find that post for ya, hopefully I can :)

Re: Anyone tried or is using once a month injection?

Posted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:00 am
by jennjenn
This is a post I found in the Introduction section of the forum. The topic name is Probuphine (Suboxone Implant).

Sorry I couldn't get the link for ya, I'm always on my phone and even though I'm positive there's a way to do it, I'm not that savvy lol.

Probuphine (Suboxone implant)
Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:51 am
Hi everyone. My name is Brit and I'm a 30 year old addict that received the Probuphine implant in Feb 2017. I've since had it removed as it is only approved for a 6 month time period. I'd like to help spread the word about this treatment but am also in search of someone out there who has also had it so we can share our experiences with each other. Please feel free to ask any questions... This treatment isn't covered by insurance as of right now but that has alot to do with the fact that it was only FDA approved a little over a year ago (I was only the 4th person in New England to have he procedure done.) I'm an open book on my psyche the days before the implant to how my body adjusted and how I feel after having it removed. If you have had the implant or still have it, please reach out!! Thank you so much... And remember, recovery IS possible.

Re: Anyone tried or is using once a month injection?

Posted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 2:04 pm
by Amy-Work In Progress
ReadyasEver, welcome to our forum! We are glad to have you here and I hope that you start getting more responses from people who also have the implant, or shot.

I can understand why you are nervous, now that the implant has been removed. I imagine that you will notice a difference in the level of cravings you are feeling. Do you have any support as you go through this potentially rough time? One group that I always suggest to recovering addicts is SMART Recovery. This support group can be found in most metro areas. It is based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques, which are evidence-based. If you haven't done therapy before, finding an addiction counselor may be advisable.

May I suggest that you write a post in our Introductions section? Go to the index tab on the top left of this page and scroll down to Introductions. Then just make a new topic and tell us about yourself. What is your history of drug addiction? What struggles have you had? Things like that.

Again, welcome!


P.S. Here is the link to Brit's post. I'm on a laptop so it's easier for me to link it! probuphine-suboxone-implant-t13878.html ... probuphine

Re: Anyone tried or is using once a month injection?

Posted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:10 am
by jennjenn
Thanks Amy!! I'm not so good at links like u guys are. I do things the way more annoying way! :)

Re: Anyone tried or is using once a month injection?

Posted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 1:23 am
by Ryan Ryan Ryan
I've been told that I will have to switch to this soon. A bit nervous and I hope it does last the whole month in case I'm working at the time. I've been told the aust government will pay for it so I will save $36 a week which is what I pay for my local pharmacy to dispense it each day.

Re: Anyone tried or is using once a month injection?

Posted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 12:07 am
by TeeJay
I signed up for the Brixadi / Buvidal trial, which is very similar to Sublocade except it seems Brixadi provides more stable levels throughout the month, especially over the first few months of treatment. By the sounds of it, Brixadi also has less injection site reactions, as I NEVER experienced any of the issues with substantial bumps at the injection site that people complained of with Sublocade. I also didn't experience any of the issues of intermittent withdrawal symptoms between doses in the first couple of months.

We don't have Sublocade in my country yet, as Indivior seems more focused on claiming the US market. I'm not sure if Brixadi has been released yet in the US. There's some circumstantial evidence that indivior have a very cosy relationship with the FDA. Only now are the FDA admitting they messed up by blocking the release of Brixadi so Sublocade could claim orphan-drug status, despite evidence it's actually an inferior product. ... i=79171726

Who woulda thunk that the FDA, a body that was created to save the American people from the scurge that was patent medicines / nostrums at the turn of the beginning of the 1900's, seems to have lost sight of its

Re: Anyone tried or is using once a month injection?

Posted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 5:35 am
by Ryan Ryan Ryan
I will be getting buvidal soon. Fingers crossed it works well for me as it does for you.