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a synthetic opioid agonist-antagonist derived from thebaine, used in the form of the hydrochloride salt as an analgesic for moderate to severe pain and as an anesthesia adjunct. Administered sublingually or by intramuscular or intravenous injection.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
A semisynthetic opioid drug, C29H41NO4, used usually in its hydrochloride form as an analgesic and, in combination with naloxone, for long-term treatment of addiction to opioids such as heroin.
The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
buprenorphineA formulation of semi-synthetic opioid which may be superior to methadone in reducing heroin and cocaine abuse/dependence.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.
buprenorphineAddiction medicine An agent that may be superior to methadone in ↓ heroin and cocaine abuse Side effects Sedation, constipation. Cf Methadone.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
buprenorphineA powerful painkilling drug that binds to the body's opioid receptors. It acts for 6–8 hours. Brand names are Subutex, Temgesic and Transtec.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005