Temgesic (Buprenorphine) 0.2mg Sublingual Tablets – 10 Tablets


Temgesic (buprenorphine), among others, is an opioid medication used to treat opioid use disorder, acute pain, and chronic pain. It can be used under the tongue (sublingual)

Generic name : Buprenorphine

Brand Names : Temgesic, Subutex


Temgesic sublingual tablets contain the active ingredient buprenorphine, which is a type of medicine called an opioid analgesic (painkiller). It is a strong painkiller related to morphine. Opioid painkillers work by mimicking the action of naturally occurring pain-reducing chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins are found in the brain and spinal cord and reduce pain by combining with opioid receptors. Buprenorphine is used to relieve moderate to severe pain, for example pain due to cancer or a heart attack. However, it is used less frequently than other opioid painkillers because it can also oppose the effects of other opioid painkillers that may be given at the same time. This is because in addition to stimulating opioid receptors, buprenorphine can also block them and thus prevent other opioids from acting on them. In people who are dependent on opioids, this can cause withdrawal symptoms and an increase in pain.

While you are taking TEMGESIC

Things to be careful of

Athletes should be aware that this medicine may cause a positive reaction to “anti-doping” tests.
You should not drive or operate machinery until you know how TEMGESIC affects you.
TEMGESIC can cause drowsiness, which may be made worse if you also drink alcohol or take certain other medicines. If you are drowsy, do not drive or operate machinery.
TEMGESIC may cause your blood pressure to drop suddenly, causing you to feel dizzy if you get up too quickly from sitting or lying down.
If you feel lightheaded or dizzy or faint, get up slowly when getting out of bed or standing up.

Things you must not do while taking Temgesic

Do not take TEMGESIC to treat any condition other than the one prescribed for by your doctor.
Do not give TEMGESIC to anyone else, even if their symptoms seem the same as yours.
It may harm them.


You can become addicted to TEMGESIC even if you take it exactly as prescribed. TEMGESIC may become habit forming causing mental and physical dependence. If abused it may become less able to reduce pain.


As with all other opioid containing products, your body may become used to you taking TEMGESIC. Taking it may result in physical dependence. Physical dependence means that you may experience withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking TEMGESIC suddenly, so it important to take it exactly as directed by your doctor.


Tolerance to TEMGESIC may develop, which means that the effect of the medicine may decrease. If this happens, more may be needed to maintain the same effect.


Continue taking you medicine for as long your doctor tells you. If you stop having this medicine suddenly, your pain may worsen and you may experience some or all of the following withdrawal symptoms:
nervousness, restlessness, agitation, trouble sleeping or anxiety
body aches, weakness or stomach cramps
loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea
increased heart rate, breathing rate or pupil size
watery eyes, runny nose, chills or yawning
increased sweating
TEMGESIC given to the mother during labour can cause breathing problems and signs of withdrawal in the newborn.

Side effects of Temgesic

TEMGESIC, like all medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical treatment if you get some of the side effects.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.
Drowsiness or sleep from which you can be easily awoken is very common, particularly if TEMGESIC is used to relieve pain following surgery. Other very common side effects include vertigo, dizziness and nausea.
Less common side effects include:
blood pressure changes causing dizziness or fainting
blurred vision
difficulty breathing or slowed breathing
Uncommon side effects include:
changes in heart rate or blood pressure
difficulty urinating
dry mouth
mood changes
slurred speech
paleness of skin
feeling of “pins and needles”
nervousness or uneasiness
skin rash/itchiness
tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
Rare side effects include:
loss of appetite
convulsions (fits)
lack of body co-ordination
Cases of hypersensitivity reactions have been reported. Signs and symptoms include, rashes, hives, and skin itchiness. Serious, life threatening allergic reactions have occurred, including, difficulty breathing, swelling, and anaphylactic shock.
Tell your doctor if you notice anything else that is making you feel unwell, even if it is not on the list.
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. For more information