Suboxone Medicines Compared: Suboxone Films, Bunavail, Zubsolv, Subutex, Generic Tablets and Generic Suboxone Films

If you’re new to opioid recovery or even a veteran, then you probably know there’s at least 5 different Suboxone-like medications to choose from along with multiple generic tablets and films. All of these anti-withdrawal medications contain the same two ingredients, buprenorphine and naloxone, except for Subutex which is a buprenorphine-only medication for those who may have an allergy to naloxone.

The 5 Most Common Suboxone-like Medications Compared (with Pricing and Coupons)

  • Suboxone Sublingual Films
    Most anyone who started their opioid on these films will tell you they are the best, strongest, and most-effective of all the Suboxone-like medications. Suboxone films are the original anti-withdrawal medication and seem to be preferred by anyone with good health insurance or the ability to pay for them.
    (No coupon available)
  • Suboxone Generic Sublingual Films
    Most people who are taking generic Suboxone films are people who switched from the original Suboxone films due to health insurance preferences, or have switched from the original films in order to save money. Which, by the way, is a substantial amount of saving. However, the reviews are very mixed on these generic films. Personally, I did not notice any difference. Some people say they love them and can tell no difference, while others claim they never got out of withdrawal on their first use, or went into withdrawal when switching from the original Suboxone films or generic tablets. Be sure to read the many stories shared on this post to see what people from all over the USA and Canada are saying about their experience with generic Suboxone films: As of this writing there are at least 4 different manufacturers of generic Suboxone sublingual films, including a generic version made by Indivior UK, the creators of the original Suboxone film.
    Lowest Price for 56 Generic Sublingual Films: (click here for a coupon)
  • Zubsolv Sublingual Tablet
    Both Zubsolv and Bunavail are what you’d call “insurance-preferred” medications. Meaning, many insurance companies have struck a deal with the manufacturer or distributor and negotiated pricing that makes these medications their preferred opioid recovery medications. Very few people will chose either one of these medications when starting recovery, mostly due to lack of awareness that they exist. Pricing is VERY expensive on both of these anti-withdrawal drugs. Personally, I feel Zubsolv has the same strength and effectiveness of both the original Suboxone films and generic tablets. The formulation is a little lower in mg, but Zubsolv claims it’s just as effective as the higher mg counterparts. I did not experienced any withdrawal symptoms. I did however feel a “short burst of euphoria” when first switching from generic tablets to Zubsolv tablets. Others have shared the same experience. Zubsolv is the ONLY brand to offer two weeks of free medication to people who’ve never used it which is excellent for those starting recovery on a tight budget.
    Lowest Price for 56 Zubsolv Sublingual Tablets: (click here for a coupon)
  • Bunavail Buccal Films – DISCONTINUED
  • Generic Suboxone Tablets
    We know of at least three different manufacturers of the Suboxone generic tablet. Tw of the pills are orange in color and six-sided. The others are round white pills with a moon imprint. Having tried all three of these tablets I can honestly say I could not tell any difference in their effectiveness. They have actually become my favorite of the Suboxone medicines due to their taste, strength and ability to dissolve quickly. I have heard only one person say they did not like the round white tablets with the moon imprint. They claimed they were not as strong as the orange tablets. Personally, I couldn’t tell any difference. The pricing is unbelievably low which makes these generic Suboxone tablets the “go-to” anti-withdrawal medication for anyone who’s paying for medications out of pocket and also those with company-issued health insurance.
  • Lowest Price for 56 Generic Suboxone Tablets: (click here for a coupon)
  • Subutex (Buprenorphine-only tablets)
    In somewhat rare cases, people are allergic to naloxone. Naloxone is the “other” ingredient combined with buprenorphine that makes up all of the medications above. Together, these two medications prevent withdrawals, reduce or eliminate cravings and help block illicit use of other opiates. Those who are allergic to naloxone may experience stomach pain, skin rashes and/or a burning sensation of the skin. Some states (like the State of Tennessee) will only allow the use of Subutex by those who have a medically-documented allergy to naloxone, or those with highly elevated liver enzymes. Only a doctor can make the determination of whether or not someone is allergic. Subutex is by far the least expensive of all anti-withdrawal medications.
    Lowest Price for 56 Generic Subutex Tablets: (click here for a coupon)

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  1. Stephanie A Fagan on October 11, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    I love the 6 sided orange ones myself

  2. leeann eginton on March 29, 2022 at 3:57 am

    Im going on 2 years doing great love my clean life again gaving a back back not wanting to live my life on pain meds this is way better!! Wish more people would give it a shot..

    • Andrew Stephen on March 29, 2022 at 1:46 pm

      That’s awesome Leeann! Congratulations! I did the pain pill thing for 13 years and was miserable. This is the only way to live – free from those damn pills.

  3. wendy on June 9, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    i have been taking soboxone films for almost 2 years. i need minor suet and i will need pain meds for a few days what would the doctor give me if the surgery requires fentanyl??

    • Andrew Stephen on June 10, 2022 at 1:18 pm

      Hi Wendy. Great question! I would speak to both your Suboxone doctor and your surgeon’s office to make sure they both know about your Suboxone treatment. Keep in mind, they do this regularly so they know exactly what to do. Receiving Fentanyl for surgery is very different than taking it for weeks, and your doctors will know the process to help you through this. It’s not uncommon these days. Please let us know how it goes, and best of success with your surgery 🙂

  4. Mandi on August 15, 2022 at 4:32 pm

    I’ve noticed that different manufacturers are the same and some burn my mouth and aren’t as effective as others. My favorite was mallinckrodt but for some reason I can not find it at any of my Walgreens pharmacies. Now I’m back to trying sun pharma and it burns also roxanna was horrible too. So I’m going to try films. I was mallinckrodt subxon for almost 4 years now and I hate change 🥺. I’m thinking about tapering down now.

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