Subutex (Buprenorphine) Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Subutex is right for me?

Approved for the treatment of opioid addiction by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Subutex can aid individuals who are addicted to heroin, morphine, or prescription painkillers as they navigate throughout the recovery process. Extensive research has confirmed that Subutex is both a safe and effective treatment option when used as prescribed within a medication-assisted treatment program. Once prescribed Subutex, patients will experience a reduction in cravings for additional opioids while the substance also works to prevent withdrawal symptoms from taking place.

By assessing your individual needs through a consultation with a member of our highly qualified medical team, you can determine if Subutex is the appropriate treatment method for you based on your individual requirements.

Can I become addicted to Subutex?

Although the risk is extremely low, there is a possibility of becoming addicted to Subutex, as buprenorphine (the active ingredient in Subutex) is an opioid medication that has addictive properties.

Will Subutex show up on a drug screening?

Subutex will not show up on a standard urine drug screen, as a specific test is required in order to detect buprenorphine within the system. However, should an individual abuse opioids or other substances during treatment, a positive result will show up on a drug screen panel.

How long will I need to be on Subutex?

The length of time for which a patient is prescribed Subutex will vary depending on the individual needs of each patient. By working closely with your physician and counselor, you will be able to gain a better understanding of the length of time that Subutex will be used, based on your individual needs and treatment requirements.

Does Subutex interact with other drugs or medications?

Since Subutex can cause dangerous reactions when taken with other medications, it is extremely important for patients to notify their physicians of any other medications or substances that are being consumed prior to incorporating Subutex into their treatment regimen. Patients who are prescribed Subutex are advised against using recreational drugs or consuming alcohol due to the negative interactions that can take place. By openly communicating any medications that you may be taking with your physician, he or she will be able to advise you on the various side effects that may arise and what the appropriate course of treatment should be moving forward.

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

Should a patient decide that he or she no longer wishes to take Subutex, it is important that he or she works closely with his or her physician to safely wean off of the medication or to transition onto a different mediation rather than simply ceasing use all together. Withdrawal symptoms can take place should an individual immediately stop taking Subutex rather than tapering off under the guidance of a medical professional. By working closely with your counselor and physician, you will be able to determine what the appropriate course of action should be based on your individual treatment needs and goals.

What is the cost of Subutex treatment?

The treatment available through Cartersville Comprehensive Treatment Center is extremely personalized based on each individual patient that comes to us for treatment. Because of this, the cost of treatment will vary from patient to patient depending upon a number of factors. To further learn about the specific customizable treatment options available, as well as the cost of treatment, please feel free to contact one of our intake experts today.