Suboxone is a form of buprenorphine which contains a substance called naloxone.
It comes in three forms: A tablet, A film and a patch that is place on the inside of the cheek.
The first two forms are taken by placing the tablet or film under your tongue and letting it dissolve.
The reason for this is that the absorption of the drug is much greater under the tongue. If you swallow it you will get very little medication.
It can take up to several minutes to completely dissolve.
The reason for the naloxone is to prevent abuse.
It is extremely important that you take no form of buprenorphine unless you have been free of any kind of opiate for at least 24 hours. If you do you have a very high chance of going into immediately full withdrawal status.
You will find some places where it will say that you can take it under only being abstinent for 12 hours or so. Do not do it.
I always believe in considering the worst case scenario.
It is always best and recommended that you take Suboxone under a physician’s care and some concurrent psychological support.