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 obtained approval by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of opioid addiction. If you have become dependent on an opioid such as heroin, morphine, or prescription drugs, Subutex is a proven safe and effective medication that can help end an addiction to opioids. When taken as directed and within a medication assisted treatment program, Subutex can reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

The only way to determine if Subutex is right for you is to speak with your provider, as he or she can assess your needs. He or he can then decide which form of treatment is best suited for you, and go over other treatment options.

Can I become addicted to Subutex?

Yes. The active ingredient in Subutex is buprenorphine, which is an opioid medication that can be addictive. However, the risk for becoming addicted to Subutex is said to be low when taken under the supervision of medical professionals within a medication assisted treatment program.

Will Subutex show up on a drug screening?

No. Consuming Subutex will not cause you to test positive on a drug test. The urine tests that are most commonly used to screen for drugs will pick up the presence of other opioids like heroin, but are unable to detect buprenorphine. There are, however, specific tests created to pick up this medication, but they are not frequently used.

How long will I need to be on Subutex?

The period of time that you continue to use Subutex will be based on your needs. Some people keep using Subutex for long periods of time, while others only use it for a short while. However, keep in mind that you use will use Subutex for as long as deemed necessary for you.

Does Subutex interact with other drugs or medications?

Yes. When you combine Subutex with other drugs or substances, a variety of dangerous side effects can ensue. While it depends on the substance that Subutex is being combined with, side effects can range from mild to severe. Your provider can supply you with additional details regarding the interactions that you might encounter based on the medications you are taking. In addition, those who consume Subutex should abstain from using recreational drugs or drinking alcohol, as negative effects can develop.

Similar to the use of any other prescription medication, you should always inform your physician of all of the medications that you are taking so you can avoid any dangerous interactions, as well as be informed on the many warnings that come with the use of these medications.

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

If you decide that you no longer want to continue taking Subutex, it is imperative that you work with your physician in order to safely taper off of this medication instead of stopping your use entirely. It is also very common for individuals to start their medication assisted treatment with Subutex and then switch over to the use of Suboxone for long-term maintenance. Decisions such as these will be made between you, your physician, and your counselor and will be based on your treatment needs.

What is the cost of Subutex treatment?

The treatment provided by professionals at South Amboy Comprehensive Treatment Center is unique and created specifically for each individual patient who comes through our doors. A major aspect of this personalization includes the creation and implementation of a plan that will address the needs of the patient. It is because of this customization that the cost of your care will vary. To speak more about your needs, what your treatment might entail, and the potential cost of care, please call and speak to one of our intake specialists today.