Category Archive: Recovery

Oct 08

Burprenorphine – 7-Days, 7-Money Savings Ideas for Buprenorphine Programs – One Every Day

Buprenorphine Money Savings Ideas

One GOOD Buperenorphine Money Saving Tip Will Be Posted Tomorrow, And Each Day For A Week!

Did you know there are many ways to save a serious amount of money on Suboxone, Buprenorphine, or whatever variant of the medication you are currently taking? There is Zubsolv, Butrans Patch, and now generic Suboxone- WOW!

YES – GENERIC Suboxone, the day has finally come when we do not have to pay ten bucks per tablet/film.

MFG Deals on Buprenorphine

Savings Manufacturer for Buprenorphine

Oh, the Buprenorphine Tips For Saving Serious Money

We’ll start with the ways to get Suboxone/Buprenorphine for FREE or ALMOST FREE prices.

Buprenorphine Secret #1 – FREE Buprenorphine – Totally Free!

  1. Suboxone® Film Manufacturer FREE MED PROGRAM —>  This program is not very well known because you have to mention it to your doctor. Each doctor receives a limited number of Buprenorphine cards for use at the pharmacy. Each doctor may have a small number available, but if you don’t ask you’ll never know whether you could have landed one of his/her free allotments of the drug. Not all doctors participate in the program but make a note to ask your doctor next time you visit.


I hope that this tip helps you make the cost of Buprenorphine treatment less costly. Don’t forget to stop back tomorrow for the second little-known secret on how you can get Suboxone/Buprenorphine at a huge discount and/or free.


Suboxone / Buprenorphine Reader – Shopping Perks

I have many of the more commonly known ways to save money posted on the site already, just search for “Savings” or “Card” in the search box.

Also, are you aware that you can do partial refills with Suboxone? Unlike some controlled substances, you can fill your script one week at a time if you want!

We just opened a new Amazon Store on one of our other Blogs so I thought I’d share it, in hopes you’d maybe bookmark it because even bookmarking it or just visiting it can put a few bones into my pocket and as you know we could all use a few extra bones. Plus everything is Amazon super low price, no catch, they pay referral fees to anyone on most purchases. My store is pretty ugly right now but I posted only the top value items for their category.


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Sep 04

Florida Sunset from Webster, Florida

This post doesn’t really fit the blog category but I really liked the sunset a lot and thought it was peaceful to look at. Hope you agree. This was taken near Webster, Florida in August of 2014 around 8:30 p.m. (est.) I put the picture under “Recovery” and “Support” because it could help with both!



Sunset in Webster, Florida

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Jul 25

Buprenex, Buprenorphine Started As Schedule V Narcotic in USA, 1985

Buprenorphine Drug Scheduling Timeline

Buprenorphine was first marketed in America in 1985, it was then scheduled by the FDA as a Schedule V narcotic. The only available product in the United States at that time was a very low-dose formulation intended for injection.

It was sold under the brand name Buprenex®. The FDA said that diversion, abuse & trafficking was occurring in Europe and other parts of the world. Considering the strength of Buprenorphine, it doesn’t surprise me that it was misused and/or trafficked.

Anyone who has attempted to stop taking Buprenorphine (aka Suboxone) knows how difficult it can be, sometimes more difficult than quitting other addictive opiates. If you are trying to taper from an addictive opiate or suboxone, you can check out the suboxone taper calculator on this site, or check out the new one on

DEA Scheduling of Buprenophine


Subutex and Suboxone were approved by the FDA in 2002 as schedule III Narcotic

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved two buprenorphine products (Suboxone® and Subutex®) for the treatment of opioid addiction.


Both products are high dose (2 mg and 8 mg) sublingual (under the
tongue) tablets:

  • Subutex® is a single entity buprenorphine product
  • Suboxone® is a combination product with buprenorphine and naloxone in a 4:1 ratio, respectively.


DEA Places Burprenorphine Products In Schedule III in 2002

The DEA placed buprenorphine and all products containing buprenorphine into schedule III in 2002. Since 2003, diversion, trafficking and abuse of buprenorphine have become more common in the United States.


FDA Approves Extended Release Buprenorphine Product - Butrans® in 2010

In June 2010, FDA approved an extended release transdermal film containing buprenorphine (Butrans®) for the management of moderate to severe chronic pain in patients requiring a continuous, around-the-clock opioid analgesic for an extended period of time.



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Jun 25

Zubsolv Takes On Suboxone In Two Phase 3 Clinical Trials, And The Winner Is . . .

Zubsolv Phase 3 Clinical Trials – Positive Top-line Results Released

Uppsala, Sweden – June 23, 2014 Orexo AB (publ) announces the results of two clinical trials assessing Zubsolv for induction of Buprenorphine maintenance therapy in patients with opioid dependence.

Nikolaj Sorensen, Chief Executive Officer of Orexo, noted “We know a main barrier for DATA2000 certified physicians to start treating opioid dependent patients, is perceived difficulties in the initiation phase of treatment. With an expanded label Orexo can take an active role to encourage and educate the certified, but not active, prescribers in initiation of treatment and improve access to treatment for patients suffering from opioid dependence”

A total of 1,068 opioid dependent patients, showed that over 90% of patients treated with Zubsolv were retained in treatment at Day 3 using a 30% . (emphasis added by author, this is impressive)

The full press-release for the clinical trials are here.

Zubsolv & Suboxone are chemically similar containing buprenorphine & naloxone


Zubsolv 5.7 mg Sublingual Tablet

Zubsolv 5.7mg


Suboxone 8mg

Zubsolv is the newest drug available for treatment of Opioid Dependence. The current leader-on-the-block for treatment of Opioid Dependence is Suboxone. Suboxone has been around for several years and is chemically similar to Zubsolv in that both medications consist of two drugs Buprenorphine and Naloxone.


What is Buprenorphine?

Buprenorphine is a narcotic analgesic, and it decreases pain by working in the brain and nervous system. Put simply, it is a habit-forming narcotic pain-killer in the same ballpark as other narcotic pain-killers such as Oxycodone or Hydrocodone. All narcotic pain-killers are capable of causing addiction problems and are likely to cause dependence problems with extended use.

What is Naloxone?

Naloxone prevents or reverses the effects of opioids including respiratory depression, sedation and hypotension. Naloxone is an essentially pure opioid antagonist, i.e., it does not possess the “agonistic” or morphine-like properties characteristic of other opioid antagonists. When administered in usual doses and in the absence of opioids or agonistic effects of other opioid antagonists, it exhibits essentially no pharmacologic activity.

Why do Zubsolv & Suboxone contain Buprenorphine & Naloxone?

The combination of buprenorphine and naloxone is what makes Zubsolv & Suboxone effective at treating opioid dependence. The buprenorphine alone would be like taking any other narcotic pain-medicine, however when mixed with Naloxone it makes abuse of the drug difficult if not impossible. The Naloxone displaces opiates so it prevents a dependent user from abusing the drug and getting intoxicated in a way that would lead to addiction. The Naloxone also makes using the drug in IV form not desirable. So the buprenorphine helps to remove the effects of withdrawal while the naloxone keeps the user honest and removes the ability to abuse the drug or use it in a way to get high.

I am generalizing here, but in my understanding this is the basic concept.

My Personal Experience With Zubsolv Compared To Suboxone

The results of the studies surprised me because I had an opportunity to try Zubsolv and it was my opinion that the Zubsolv 5.7mg was much less effective than the Suboxone 8mg strips. After making my opinion about Zubsolv I decided to share it via a Twitter post. I didn’t hold anything back when sharing my opinion, as you can see in the Tweet below.

First Tweet About Zubsolv:


I received a very polite response from Chris, he believed that my experience was likely due to the placebo effect and I pretty much discounted that theory immediately because my experience seemed real. When the same Twitter user replied again five days later, he informed me of a clinical study that was completed and was about to be released.

I am aware that placebo-effect is very real, and in light of the study I was willing to entertain the theory that my “mind mighthave been playing tricks on me”, but I was still pretty sure that I was right.

Responses from Twitter user @Christipojk


Bigger is always better, right?

After reading the full press release and results of the studies, it is my belief that placebo-effect really did cause me to believe Zubsolv was less effective than Suboxone and I suspect this will be common among other Suboxone loyalists. It is easy to fall for this belief considering that Zubsolv is a smaller dose, and in most peoples’ mind a smaller dose will not be as good as a larger one.

I am used to making one Suboxone 8mg strip last about a week by slicing it into eight equal parts, but when Suboxone wasn’t available and I had the opportunity to try Zubsolv I burned through 5.7mg tablets at the rate of one every three to four days– which was depressing as the medication is relatively expensive.

Micro-Doses of Zubsolv Are Challenging Considering The Small Tablet Size

Zubsolv 5.7 mg Sublingual Tablet

Zubsolv 5.7mg


Part of the problem with micro-doses of Zubsolv may be the difficulty in cutting the small Zubsolv tablets into small doses. Cutting a 5.7mg Zubsolv tablet (very small in size) into seven equal parts is close to impossible as the tablets are tiny and they crumble easily when you try to cut them. This alone may make Suboxone strips a better choice for some people. 


Suboxone 8mg strips on the other-hand are very easily cut into eight, or even sixteen even parts using a razor blade or sharp scissors.

About Zubsolv®Zubsolv (buprenorphine and naloxone) sublingual tablet (CIII) is indicated for the maintenance treatment of opioid dependence and should be used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan, which includes counseling and psychosocial support. Treatment should be initiated under the direction of physicians who are certified under the Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000, and who have been assigned a unique identification number (“X” number).
Zubsolv sublingual tablets can be abused in a manner similar to other opioids, legal or illicit. Clinical monitoring appropriate to the patient’s level of stability is essential. Liver function tests should be monitored before and during treatment. Children who take Zubsolv sublingual tablets can have severe, possibly fatal, respiratory depression. Emergency medical care is critical. Keep Zubsolv sublingual tablets out of the sight and reach of children.

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Jun 25

Suboxone $50 Copay Card – Save Money on Suboxone For 2014

Suboxone $75 Copay Card

Suboxone Savings Card 2014

I wanted to let everyone know that Suboxone is offering a $50 Copay Card again this year, it is good until the END of 2014!  If you are taking Zubsolv, there is a similar program to save you money. The Zubsolv Savings Card for 2014.

Details of the Save on SUBOXONE Film Program

  • Save every month on SUBOXONE film
  • If you use insurance, save up to $50 each month (typically means zero copay for privately insured patients)
  • If you are not using insurance, save $50 each month on 2mg or 8mg prescriptions.
  • If you are not using insurance, save MORE than $50 each month on 4mg or 12 mg prescriptions

Offers are applied at the pharmacy where you get your Suboxone filled.

Print Suboxone Savings Card Now

Print Suboxone Savings Card Now

Suboxone Savings and Free Month Amazon Prime – We Love You!

How Do You Take Advantage Of This Save On Suboxone Deal for 2014?

  1. Ask your doctor to write a prescription for Suboxone film.
  2. Print the savings card. Bring the card to your pharmacy when filling Suboxone
  3. Save through 12/31/2014 (limit one prescriptions per month)


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Jun 25

Zubsolv – RISE Program with free $75 Copay Card

What is the Zubsolv RISE program?

Resolv to take control of your recovery.  RISE is a 24/7 Support Program offers a selection of online tools and resources to help you build the plan you feel is most helpful to your recovery. The program was developed with the help of people with opioid dependence, and to meet the needs of you.

FREE $75 Copay Card for 2014

Zubsolv Card

Zubsolv Card

RISE—a 24/7 support program

Offering you continuous access to information and resources throughout the recovery process and provides care and support beyond the doctor’s office.

Allows you to get support in the privacy of your own home, to supplement your support at the doctor’s office.

Learn MORE about the RISE program


The Resolv to Recover Kit Includes:

  • A FREE $75 Copay Card for ZUBSOLV (2014)
  • Evolv, Resolv, ZUBSOLV: What you need to know, an educational brochure for you and your loved ones
  • RISE: Recovery your way – Highlights the features of RISE and provides you with your RISE enrollment code
  • Demonstration placebo tablets
  • Full Prescribing Information and medication guide for ZUBSOLV
Resolv To Recover Kit

Resolv To Recover Kit


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Jun 25

Zubsolv Savings Card For $75 Valid For 2014

The Zubsolv Savings Card –  $75 Savings Card For 2014

Zubsolv Card

Zubsolv Card

I wanted to let everyone know that Zubsolv currently has a program that will save you $75 on Zubsolv scripts via a savings card that you can use at most pharmacies.

PRINT a Copay Card for ZUBSOLV

Orexo / Zubsolv Helps You Save on Your Prescription For Zubsolv


  • Orexo, the maker of ZUBSOLV, is committed to helping you access the treatment you need
  • If you’re eligible, this copay card for ZUBSOLV can help lower your out-of-pocket costs like copayments, coinsurance, or deductibles on your prescription for ZUBSOLV. The copay card for ZUBSOLV covers up to $75 of your prescription costs
  • Call toll free 1-888-ZUBSOLV (1-888-982-7658) to see if you are eligible for a copay card for ZUBSOLV
Zubsolv 5.7 mg Sublingual Tablet

Zubsolv 5.7 mg Sublingual Tablet

Zubsolv 1.4 mg Sublingual Tablet

Zubsolv 1.4 mg Sublingual Tablet

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May 13

Zubsolv, A New Suboxone Alternative for Opiate Addiction Treatment

Zubsolv, A New Formulation of Buprenorphine and Naloxone

Zubsolv is a new drug formulation of Buprenorphine and Naloxone. Zubsolv is similar to Suboxone and has been approved by the FDA for the same use, opiate addiction.

  • ZUBSOLV is available in 2 doses for Opioid Dependence, 5.7 mg and 1.4 mg.
  • ZUBSOLV is Individually sealed in the highest level of child-resistant unit-dose blister packs (F1 child-resistant)

Zubsolv v.s. Suboxone for Opiate Dependence

Zubsolv comes in two dose sizes that compete directly with Suboxone’s 8mg/2mg and 4mg/1mg strips and sublingual tablets. Orexo, the maker of Zubsolv claims that the dose formulations are comparable to Suboxone even though they contain lower amounts of Buprenorphine and Naloxone. The lower dose sizes are equivalent because the new drug formulation has a higher bio-availability, meaning that a higher percentage of the dose is available to the human body in this new formulation.

The jury is still out on whether Zubsolv works as well as Suboxone. It is the authors’ opinion that Suboxone and Zubsolv should be compared by their dose size and not the claimed bio-availability of the drug. If I had the choice of Suboxone 8mg/2mg v.s. Zubsolv 5.7mg dose I would take Suboxone as it contains more of the medication.

Dosing Comparison For Treatment of Opiate Addiction

Zubsolv 5.7 mg Sublingual Tablet

Zubsolv 5.7 mg Sublingual Tablet

Zubsolv’s 5.7 mg Burprenorphine with 1.4 mg Naloxone comes in a round Menthol flavored sublingual tablet, and is said to have a higher bio-availability than Suboxone strips making it equally as effective as Suboxone in the 8mg/2mg size.





Zubsolv 1.4 mg Sublingual Tablet

Zubsolv 1.4 mg Sublingual Tablet

Zubsolv’s 1.4 mg Burprenorphine with .36 mg Naloxone comes in a triangular Menthol flavored sublingual tablet, and is said to have a higher bio-availability than Suboxone strips making it equally as effective as Suboxone in the 2mg/.5mg size.





How to take Zubsolv for Opiate Addiction

Taking Zubsolv is similar to taking Suboxone sublingual film, or sublingual tablets. Simply open the package and place the dose under your tongue allowing it to dissolve naturally. Like Suboxone, movement, talking, or drinking while dissolving the tablet is not recommended. Full instructions for taking Zubsolv can be found on Orexo’s Zubsolv website.


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