What if I need pain medication for surgery, or acute pain?

You will still be able to be treated for pain with elective dental or surgical procedures. Your doctors should speak with each other about the plan. They will likely stop your buprenorphine medication, at least 36 hours before the procedure, and then when you are ready to go back on buprenorphine you will need to be re-induced, which means stopping your pain medicine, experiencing mild withdrawal (for a very short time) and restarting your buprenorphine.

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