Subutex (Buprenorphine) Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Subutex is right for me?

Subutex, a prescription medication, has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help treat opioid addiction. If you are struggling with a dependency to opioids such as heroin, morphine, prescription painkillers, etc., Subutex is a safe and effective medication to help you stop your opioid abuse once and for all. When taken as prescribed within a medication assisted treatment program, Subutex can stop drug cravings, as well as prevent withdrawal symptoms.

To determine if Subutex is right for you, it is smart to speak with a qualified treatment professional that can assess your needs. At that point, he or she can help you decide if Subutex (or another medication) will be best for you.

Can I become addicted to Suboxone?

Yes. Suboxone’s primary ingredient is buprenorphine, which is an opioid medication that can be addictive. However, it is unlikely to become addicted to buprenorphine when taking it as part of a medication assisted treatment program.

Will Subutex show up on a drug screening?

No. If you are required to take a drug test, you will not test positive if you are taking a standardized drug test. If you are consuming other opioids like morphine or heroin, you will in fact yield a positive result. However, a drug screening result a positive if you are administered a specialized test to detect Subutex.

How long will I need to be on Subutex?

The period of time that you remain on Subutex will be determined based on your personal needs. Your physician and counselor will help provide input to determine the length of time you will use Subutex. While some individuals use it for a long period of time, others only use it for the short-term.

Does Subutex interact with other drugs or medications?

Yes. When you combine Subutex with other substances or medications, you can experience many negative side effects. Depending on the medication that you are mixing with Subutex, the side effects can vary from mild to severe. Speak to your physician to learn more about the potential interactions that can occur based on the medication(s) you are consuming. In addition, those who are taking Subutex should not take recreational drugs or drink alcohol, as doing so while on Subutex can be dangerous.

As with any prescription medication, you should always ensure that your physician is aware of all the medications that you are taking or any drugs that you might be on so he or she can provide you with most appropriate care possible.

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

If you decide to stop taking Subutex, work with your physician so that you can taper off of this medication slowly as opposed to stopping your use suddenly. It is common for individuals to start off at a medication assisted treatment program by taking Subutex, and then switch over to Suboxone for a longer period of use. All of these decisions will be made between you, your physician, and your counselor, and will depend on your needs.

What is the cost of Subutex treatment?

The treatment provided by the professional staff at Inland Empire Comprehensive Treatment Centers is highly individualized and created to be a unique experience for each one of our patients. To develop this type of program, we implement a number of different services that will meet your needs. This is why each patient has a different cost for care. To talk through your needs, treatment goals and treatment costs, please contact one of our intake experts.