Sublocade is a brand-name medication used in the treatment of opioid use disorder. It is a long-acting form of buprenorphine, which is a partial opioid agonist used to manage opioid dependence.
Sublocade comes in the form of an injectable suspension that is administered once a month by a healthcare professional. The active ingredient, buprenorphine, works by binding to the same receptors in the brain that opioids do, but it produces a milder effect. This can help reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms without inducing the same intense euphoria as full opioid agonists.
The main advantage of Sublocade is its long-acting nature, which helps to ensure consistent levels of buprenorphine in the body throughout the month, reducing the risk of misuse or diversion.