Suboxone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Suboxone is right for me?

Suboxone is an effective and safe medication prescribed to those who are battling with opioid addictions. If you have grown dependent upon an opioid, consuming Suboxone as a part of a medication assisted treatment program can help you put an end to your opioid addiction in ways that prevent you from going through cravings or withdrawal symptoms.

Suboxone is a combination of two ingredients, buprenorphine and naloxone. These ingredients work by stimulating the same receptors in the brain that are triggered by the presence of heroin, prescription pain medications, and other similar substances. However, the use of this medication will not cause you to become high, meaning that you will be able to continue throughout your day without experiencing cravings or withdrawal symptoms.

To determine if Suboxone is right for you, it is imperative that you speak with a certified professional who can evaluate your treatment needs and decide which form of treatment is most appropriate for you.

Can I become addicted to Suboxone?

Yes. Suboxone is a medication that holds addictive properties and can cause tolerance and addiction to develop. When utilized within a medication assisted treatment program, however, the risk for abuse is extremely low given the fact that prescriptions and dosages are closely monitored by knowledgeable professionals who are dedicated to ensuring the good health and wellbeing of all patients.

Will Suboxone show up on a drug screening?

Suboxone will not show up on a typical drug screen. Buprenorphine will only be detected on a drug screen if the test is capable of detecting it. However, if you are partaking in a medication assisted treatment program and you are consuming Suboxone with a legal prescription, your use is acceptable and legal.

It is also important to know that while standard drug tests are unlikely to detect Suboxone, other substances, such as opioids and other illicit substances, can and will be detected on a drug test.

How long will I need to be on Suboxone?

The length of time that you will remain on Suboxone will be decided between you and your physician. Research has shown that this medication is effective and safe for both short- and long-term use, meaning that some people might take it for longer periods of time than others. It is also possible to take Suboxone for the short-term, and then switch to a different medication. One of the many benefits of Suboxone is that it is capable of controlling cravings and withdrawal symptoms, allowing you to stay focused on working, going to school, engaging in therapy, driving, and other daily responsibilities. Suboxone’s effectiveness does not fade away over time, meaning you can continue to consume it until you and your physician decide otherwise.

Does Suboxone interact with other drugs or medications?

Similar to most prescription medications, you should always alert your physician about the medications you are taking prior to taking Suboxone. This medication can cause dangerous interactions when combined with other opioids like heroin, hydrocodone, codeine, and oxycodone. Those who are consuming Suboxone should not be taking sedatives, sleeping pills, or narcotic pain pills. Additionally, they should not be drinking alcohol. For all other medications and possible drug interactions, please speak with your physician before you proceed.

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

While Suboxone is safe for long-term use, you do not have to take it forever. If you and your physician decide that Suboxone is no longer the medication for you or if you have advanced in your recovery enough that you no longer require this medication, you can begin tapering off of it through smaller doses until your system is fully cleared of its presence. At that point, you can either remain medication-free or transition on to a different medication.

What is the cost of Suboxone treatment?

The treatment provided at North Florida Comprehensive Treatment Center is individualized to meet each patient’s needs. Since your treatment will be customized for you, so will be your cost of care. To talk more about your needs, and to get more information about how much your treatment might cost you, please reach out to our intake specialists today.