Subutex (Buprenorphine) Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Subutex is right for me?

Subutex is a safe and effective prescription medication given to patients who are battling an addition to opioids. By incorporating Subutex into a medication assisted treatment program, patients are able to experience lessened opioid cravings, as well as diminished withdrawal symptoms. By consulting a qualified healthcare professional, you can decide if the use of Subutex is right for you based on your specific treatment requirements.

Can I become addicted to Subutex?

When used within a medication assisted treatment program, Subutex is a safe and effective medication for patients to take. However, since Subutex includes buprenorphine and naloxone as its active components, there is a risk of addiction if abused. Buprenorphine works with the same brain receptors that are activated by opioids without producing a euphoric high. Because of this, patients are able to focus on recovery without experiencing the painful symptoms of withdrawal.

Will Subutex show up on a drug screening?

A patient will not test positive on a standard drug screen while on Subutex. A positive result will only show up on a drug screen if a specific test is used. The use of Subutex is legal when utilized within a licensed medication assisted treatment program and used under the supervision of a healthcare professional.

How long will I need to be on Subutex?

The use of Subutex has been proven to be safe for both long and short-term use. While some patients only require Subutex for several months, other patients may utilize it for years during their maintenance program. By discussing your individualized treatment plan with your physician, you will be able to determine the appropriate length of time in which Subutex should be used. Subutex benefits patients by providing them with relief from opioid cravings as well as a reduction in the withdrawal symptoms that they will experience once they cease opioid use. By providing relief from the physical symptoms of addiction, patients are able to continue their daily lives and focus on recovery. Since Subutex’s effectiveness does not decrease over time, patients are able to continue to use it until it is decided otherwise.

Does Subutex interact with other drugs or medications?

Prior to incorporating Subutex into your treatment program, you should discuss any other medications you are currently taking with your physician to ensure that no adverse interactions take place. Since Subutex will cause dangerous side effects if an individual uses other opioids, such as heroin, hydrocodone, codeine, or oxycodone, it is important for patients to abstain from using other substances while on Subutex.

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

While Subutex is safe for long-term use, it does not necessarily mean patients will be required to take Subutex long-term. If both you and your physician decide that Subutex is not the appropriate match for you, or if enough progression has been made in your treatment, the use of Subutex can be tapered down until your body is completely free from the medication. Since abruptly ceasing use of Subutex can be dangerous, it is important to work closely with your physician to gradually reduce the amount of Subutex taken. Pending the specific treatment requirements of each patients, individuals may be switched to a new mediation or remain opioid-free without the aid of medication.

What is the cost of Subutex treatment?

Since the treatment available at Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers is specific to each patient that walks through our doors, the cost of our programs will vary. Programs will be customized to meet the needs of each patient, which will vary pending the medications used as well and the additional services utilized. To learn more about the specific treatment options available at Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers, please contact one of our intake experts.