Subutex (Buprenorphine) Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Subutex is right for me?

Subutex is a prescription medication that has received U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for treating opioid addiction. If you are struggling with a dependency upon opioids such as morphine, heroin, or prescription painkillers, Subutex can be effective in treating your addiction. When taken as prescribed and within a medication assisted treatment program, Subutex can stop withdrawal symptoms and cravings.

To determine if Subutex is right for you, speak with your treatment provider, as he or she can help you identify your needs and address your concerns. At that point, he or she can suggest the most appropriate form of treatment.

Can I become addicted to Subutex?

Yes. Subutex contains buprenorphine as its active ingredient, which has the potential to create addictive behaviors. However, it is reported that the potential for becoming addicted to buprenorphine is minimal when taken within a medication assisted treatment program.

Will Subutex show up on a drug screening?

Taking Subutex will not result in a positive test if you are screened for drugs. There are specific tests in existence that detect Subutex, however those screenings are not mainstream. It is important to remember that other substances can cause you to test positive for drugs is you abuse them.

How long will I need to be on Subutex?

The length of time you can remain on Subutex will be determined based on your treatment needs. Some individuals take this medication for a short period of time, while others remain on it for longer. The length of time you can take Subutex will be a decision made between you and your treatment provider.

Does Subutex interact with other drugs or medications?

Yes. If you mix Subutex with other drugs or medications you can suffer from dangerous side effects. While it depends on the type of drug that Suboxone is being combined with, effects can range from mild to severe. Your treatment provider can help you determine what interactions you might experience based on the medications that you are taking. Those who are taking Subutex should never use recreational drugs or alcohol, as these substances can cause negative interactions with Subutex.

When taking any prescription medication, it is important to discuss with your physician the medications that you are taking so he or she can make you aware of the potential interactions you might experience.

What if I no longer wish to take Subutex? Can I stop or switch to a different medication?

If you decide that you want to stop taking Subutex, you can work with your treatment provider to begin tapering off of this medication as opposed to stopping suddenly. It is common for individuals to start their medication assisted treatment with Subutex, and then switch over to Suboxone for a longer period of time. All of these decisions will be made between you and your treatment provider, and will depend on your treatment needs.

What is the cost of Subutex treatment?

The care that we provide at Volunteer Comprehensive Treatment Center is individualized to meet the needs of each patient. Part of this personalization includes the development of a treatment plan that is specifically customized to meet those needs. As a result, the cost of care can vary based on things such as the price of medication, the services rendered, and more. To learn more about possible treatment costs, contact one of our intake specialists right now.