This week I had the first patients for whom I prescribed Suboxone film report back to me. All but one of six patients preferred the film to the tablets.
The number one advantage of the films was the $75 discount coupon distributed by the drug manufacturer. The patients also said it dissolved much faster and therefore many said there was less saliva under their tongues. Several patients thought they got better absorption with the film for that reason.
The one patient who wanted to go back to the tablets said it wasn’t as convenient to dispose of the packaging for Suboxone film. Since she takes Suboxone for pain and addiction, she takes the medication several times per day. This means she takes one or two doses while at work. She has to be creative with the package disposal, so no one at work will see a discarded pouch and discover she’s on Suboxone.
Every patient said the films tasted better than the tablets. Most indicated that the improvement was significant.
I thought I’d post this feedback for the benefit of patients and their doctors who are considering a switch to the Suboxone film. The drug manufacturer’s discount cards are valid until March of 2011, and I think some of the patients will switch back to the tablets once that incentive is removed.