Subutex (Buprenorphine) Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Subutex is right for me?

Subutex is approved for use in opioid addiction treatment by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). If you have grown dependent upon prescription pain pills, morphine, or heroin, Subutex is a safe and effective option that can help you stop abusing dangerous substances such as these. When taken as prescribed and within the confines of a medication assisted treatment program, Subutex can relieve cravings for continued use, as well as curb painful withdrawal symptoms.

The only way to know if Subutex is the appropriate medication for you is to talk with your provider who can assess your unique treatment needs. At that point, he or she can help you decide which type of treatment and medication will be most appropriate for you.

Can I become addicted to Subutex?

Yes. Buprenorphine is the primary ingredient in Subutex and this ingredient is an opioid-based medication that can be addictive. However developing an addiction to it is said to be unlikely as the administration and dosage of this medication is supervised by qualified professionals who put forth the effort to ensure that patients will not abuse Subutex.

Will Subutex show up on a drug screening?

No. If you are taking Subutex, you will not test positive for your use. The tests that are generally used for drug screenings can pick up other opioids like heroin, however, they are unable to detect buprenorphine. There are specially designed tests that can pick up the presence of buprenorphine, however they are not commonly used for regular drug screenings.

How long will I need to be on Subutex?

The length of time that you will remain on Subutex will be dependent upon your needs and your physician’s recommendations. Some patients remain on Subutex for long periods of time, while others only utilize it for a short while. However, you will be on it for as long or as little as you need based on your treatment needs.

Does Subutex interact with other drugs or medications?

Yes. When you mix Subutex with other drugs or medications, a variety of negative side effects can develop. Side effects (which will be dependent on the medication or medications that are being ingested) can range from mild to severe. Your physician can inform you of the potential side effects you might encounter based on the medications that you are currently taking. Those who are taking Subutex should abstain from the use of recreational drugs and alcohol, as consuming either while on Subutex can be dangerous.

As with any prescription medication, be sure that your physician is aware of the other medications you are taking so that he or she can provide you with as much information as possible to preserve your health and wellbeing.

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 take Subutex, you can work with your physician to safely taper off of it to avoid any dangerous effects. It is common for patients to start their treatment on Subutex, and then switch to another medication, such as Suboxone, for more long-term maintenance. Each of these decisions will be made with your physician and counselor and will be based on your treatment needs.

What is the cost of Subutex Treatment?

The treatment that is provided at North Florida Comprehensive Treatment Center is customized so that each patient receives a truly individualized treatment experience. Since we personalize each patient’s care, the cost of Subutex treatment will vary based on a number of different factors. To learn more about the potential cost of your care, please contact one of our talented intake experts right now.