Subutex (Buprenorphine) Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Subutex is right for me?

Approved for use by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Subutex aids individuals in treating opioid addiction. Individuals addicted to prescription painkillers, morphine, and heroin have safely and effectively overcome their addiction by incorporating Subutex into their medication assisted treatment plans. When taken as prescribed by a medical professional within a medication assisted treatment program, Subutex can assist patients in lowering the symptoms associated with withdrawal, as well as lessening cravings for additional opioids. By consulting with a qualified medical professional, you can determine if Subutex is the correct fit for you based on your specific needs.

Can I become addicted to Subutex?

Since Subutex includes buprenorphine as its active ingredient, there is a chance of becoming addicted to Subutex due to buprenorphine’s addictive properties. The risk, however, is extremely low when engaged in a medication assisted treatment program.

Will Subutex show up on a drug screening?

Using Subutex will not cause individuals to test positive on a drug screening. Since the tests that are commonly used for drug screenings will detect other opioids, it is important for patients in a medication assisted treatment program to refrain from opioid use. Specific tests are required in order for buprenorphine to be detected within a person’s system.

How long will I need to be on Subutex?

The length of time in which an individual uses Subutex for will vary patient to patient depending on the specific treatment needs. While some patients will remain on Subutex short-term, others will continue its use long-term. By discussing your individual treatment plan with your physician, you will be able to gain a better understanding of your specific medication needs.

Does Subutex interact with other drugs or medications?

Since Subutex can interact with other medications, it is important for patients to openly discuss any medications that they may be taking with their physician prior to starting Subutex, as the negative side effects can range from mild to serve in nature. Your physician will be able to provide specific details regarding side effects based on the other medications that you are currently taking. Individuals who are taking Subutex should refrain from using recreational drugs or consuming alcohol due to the serious adverse effects that can take place.

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

If an individual decides to stop using Subutex, it is important to closely work with your prescribing physician to safely taper off of Subutex rather than abruptly stopping this medication. Many patients begin their medication assisted treatment program on Subutex and later transition onto Suboxone for long-term maintenance. By working with your physician and counselor you will be able to decide what the appropriate course of treatment is for your specific needs.

What is the cost of Subutex treatment?

The treatment provided at West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers is extremely individualized and based on the goals and treatment requirements of each patient. By working closely with our qualified team of professionals, patients will be able to receive the highest quality of care available to overcome their addiction and maintain long-term recovery. Since treatment is customizable between patients, the cost of care will vary. To gain a better understanding of the cost of treatment, as well as the treatment options available through West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, please contact one of our dedicated intake experts today.