Subutex (Buprenorphine) Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Subutex is right for me?

Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Subutex is a prescription medication that is effective in treating opioid addiction. If you are addicted to opioids such as morphine, prescription pain medications, or heroin, Subutex is an effective and safe option to help put your opioid addiction to bed once and for all. When taken as prescribed and as a part of a medication assisted treatment program, this medication can minimize the intensity of withdrawal symptoms, as well as put an end to nagging drug cravings.

It is important to consult with a medical professional in order to determine if Subutex is the appropriate medication for you. This same medical professional can evaluate your needs and hear your concerns, and from there inform you of the treatment he or she feels will be most effective.

Can I become addicted to Subutex?

Yes. Subutex has addictive properties, as buprenorphine (the primary ingredient in this medication) is an opioid-based medication. It has been reported that the likelihood of becoming addicted to buprenorphine is low due to the fact that this medication is prescribed and closely monitored by medical professionals within treatment programs.

Will Subutex show up on a drug screening?

No. If you take a standard drug test, Subutex will not cause your test to turn positive. However, these tests can detect other substances, such as heroin. There are specialized tests that can pick up traces of Subutex, but they are not typically used unless otherwise specified.

How long will I need to be on Subutex?

You will remain on Subutex for as little or as long as you need. You and your physician will work together to determine the most appropriate length of time for your use. Keep in mind that some individuals stay on Subutex for longer periods of time than others, however your needs will decide your length of use.

Does Subutex interact with other drugs or medications?

Yes. If you mix Subutex with other drugs or medications, you can experience negative side effects. The side effects felt will be based on the medications that you are combining with Subutex, and these effects can range from mild to severe. Your physician can offer you more information regarding potential interactions you might experience based on the medications you are taking. Be mindful that it is not recommended for individuals who are on Subutex to drink alcohol or engage in recreational drug use.

As with most prescription medications, you should always keep your physician informed as to what medications you are taking or any substances that you might be using. This way, he or she can provide you with the appropriate warnings.

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

In order to safely stop taking Subutex, you must work with your physician to properly taper off of this medication so that you do not experience withdrawal symptoms. In many cases, individuals start their medication assisted treatment on Subutex and then slowly transition to Suboxone for the remainder of their care. Based on your own personal needs, you, your physician, and your counselor can decide what your best plan of action should be.

What is the cost of Subutex treatment?

The treatment we provide at Portland Comprehensive Treatment Centers is specific to each patient’s needs and is created to be a personalized experience for all who come to us for treatment. Part of this experience is the implementation of services that meet your individual needs. It is because of this approach that the cost of your Subutex treatment will vary from that of other patients. To speak with someone about the possible price you might be paying for medication assisted treatment, please contact one of our intake specialists today.