Subutex (Buprenorphine) Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Subutex is right for me?

Subutex is a prescription medication that has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for treating opioid addiction. If you are struggling with a heroin, morphine, or prescription painkiller addiction, Subutex is a safe and effective option for treatment that can help you end your addiction once and for all. When taken as prescribed and as a part of a medication assisted treatment program, Subutex can lessen the intensity of drug cravings, as well as painful withdrawal symptoms.

To determine if Subutex is right for you, consult with a professional who can review your needs. He or she can help you decide the most appropriate form of treatment to meet your needs, as well as discuss treatment options with you.

Can I become addicted to Subutex?

Yes. Subutex contains the buprenorphine, which is its primary ingredient and can be addictive. However, it is reported that the likelihood of becoming addicted to buprenorphine is low when taken under the supervision of a medical professional within a medication assisted treatment program.

Will Subutex show up on a drug screening?

No. If you are required to take a drug screen, your Subutex use will not show up. Standard urine tests are not able to detect medications such as these, only other opioids (like heroin, prescription painkillers, and morphine) and additional recreational drugs can be detected. There are tests that are designed to detect buprenorphine, however they are not nearly as common as standard tests.

How long will I need to be on Subutex?

Your individual treatment needs will be the determining factor as to how long you will remain on Subutex. You will work with your physician to create a plan that works best for you. Keep in mind that some individuals stay on Subutex for a long period of time, while others only take it short-term.

Does Subutex interact with other drugs or medications?

Yes. When mixing Subutex with other types of substances, a variety of different side effects can occur. The severity of side effects will differ based on the type of medication that is being taken. Your physician can inform you of the potential interactions that can occur based on the kinds of medications that you are already taking. If you are taking Subutex, you should abstain from using alcohol or recreational drugs.

As with other prescription medications, you should always inform your physician of the medications that you are taking to avoid any negative interactions and so you can be as informed as possible.

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, speak with your physician and he or she can help you safely wean off of this medication as opposed to stopping suddenly. It is common for individuals to start their medication assisted treatment with Subutex, but then switch to Suboxone for long-term care. All these decisions will be made with the help of your physician and counselor who can assess your treatment needs.

What is the cost of Suboxone treatment?

The treatment we provide at Sacramento Comprehensive Treatment Center is unique to each individual. Therefore, since each individual has his or her own personalized treatment plan, he or she will always have a personalized cost of care. We work hard to implement plans that will address your needs, and because of this, your cost of care can vary from that of other patients. To learn more about the potential cost of care or to discuss your treatment needs with one of our staff members, contact our intake specialists today.