Suboxone FAQ

How do I know if Suboxone is right for me?

Suboxone is a prescription medication that is safe and effective for use in medication assisted treatment programs for those who are battling opioid addictions. If you are afflicted with opioid dependency, taking Suboxone can help you stop your dangerous use of these substances without suffering from painful withdrawal symptoms. To better determine if Suboxone is right for you, speak with a professional who can evaluate your needs and decide what course of care is best.

Can I become addicted to Suboxone?

Yes. Suboxone is a very strong substance and similar to other medications that can cause tolerance and dependency to develop if abused. However, when taken as prescribed and as part of a medically supervised program, Suboxone is safe and effective. Comprised of two ingredients (naloxone and buprenorphine), Suboxone is able to interact with the same receptors in the brain that are triggered by the use of prescription pain medications, heroin, or morphine. However, Suboxone does not cause an individual to become high like he or she would if he or she was abusing other substances. Additionally, Suboxone helps individuals avoid drug cravings, as well as painful withdrawal symptoms.

Will Suboxone show up on a drug screening?

No, Suboxone will not show up on a drug test that is used for testing opioids. The primary ingredient in Suboxone, buprenorphine, can show up on a drug screen, but only if the screen is designed to detect it specifically. However, if you are a part of a certified medication assisted treatment program and you are taking Suboxone, your use of Suboxone is legal.

How long will I need to be on Suboxone?

The ideal period of time that you will need to remain on Suboxone will depend on your own specific needs. Both you and your doctor will determine how long you will use this medication, as Suboxone has been approved for both short- and long-term use. Some patients take Suboxone for a few months, while others stay on it for years. Some of the many benefits of Suboxone include the medication’s ability to stop drug cravings and withdrawal symptoms all while helping individuals maintain mental clarity so they can continue working, going to school, participating in therapy, and more. The effectiveness of Suboxone does not fade over time, which means that individuals can use it as long as necessary.

Does Suboxone interact with other drugs or medications?

Yes, Suboxone can cause negative interactions when combined with other medications, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, and codeine. As with all other medications, you should always inform your physician of any medications that you are taking prior to starting on Suboxone. Those who are using Suboxone should not drink alcohol, consume sleeping pills or sedatives, or take narcotic pain medications. Regarding all other medications, please speak with your physician to decide how to proceed.

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

Suboxone is approved for long-term use, however that does not mean that you have to take it for a lifetime. Should you and your physician determine that Suboxone is no longer the medication that you should be on, or that you do not require any more medication assisted treatment, you can slowly begin to taper off Suboxone until your system is cleared of the medication. At this point, you can either stay medication-free or begin another medication for continued maintenance.

What is the cost of Suboxone treatment?

At Portland Comprehensive Treatment Centers, the cost of care can vary, as we ensure that we provide each patient with an individualized treatment plan that includes therapy sessions and medications like Suboxone.

To talk with someone about your treatment needs, and to figure out how much your treatment might cost, please contact one of our intake specialists today.

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