Subutex (Buprenorphine) FAQ

How do I know if Subutex is right for me?

Subutex, a medication approved by the FDA for opioid addiction treatment can help you put an end to an addiction to heroin, morphine, or prescription painkillers. Based on a great deal of scientific research, this medication is proven to be safe and effective. Subutex can help stop drug cravings and alleviate withdrawal symptoms when used as directed and within the confines of a medication assisted treatment program.

You must discuss your interest in Subutex with a qualified professional to be able to determine if it is the right medication for you. He or she will evaluate your individual needs and will be able to speak to you about what kinds of treatment might be best.

Can I become addicted to Subutex?

Yes. Subutex contains buprenorphine, an opioid that contains addictive properties. However, the risk of becoming addicted to Subutex is small.

Will Subutex show up on a drug screening?

No. Commonly used drug screening tests will not show a positive result for Subutex, only other opioids, such as heroin. However, there are drug tests designed to test specifically for buprenorphine, but these types of tests are not typically used.

How long will I need to be on Subutex?

You and your physician, as well as your counselor, will determine the period of time that you will be on Subutex, as it will be based on your personal needs. It is common, however, for some individuals to stay on Subutex for longer periods of time than others, but again, this will all be based on you and your needs.

Does Subutex interact with other drugs or medications?

Yes. If you combine Subutex with other drugs, including alcohol, you can experience negative side effects. Most side effects will be mild to moderate. However, this will depend on the type of substance being used. Speaking with your doctor will allow him or her to educate you on potential interactions. If you are taking Subutex, avoid drinking or using recreational drugs, as they can negatively interact with Subutex.

Always be sure to make your physician aware of any and all medications that you are taking, including those sold over-the-counter and vitamins, so you can avoid these dangerous interactions.

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

If you no longer want to take Subutex, you can switch to another medication. However, you must work alongside of your physician to do so in order to safely make that change. Attempting to do this on your own can be risky. It is common for individuals who are taking Subutex to stop and then take Suboxone for long-term care. Any time you wish to change medications, you must speak with your doctor and counselor to do so safely.

What is the cost of Subutex treatment?

All medications provided at Southern West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers are supplied based on a patient’s individual needs. We offer personalized treatment and, through this care, we develop plans that will work best for our patients. Since we customize your care, the costs are also customized. To talk more about the potential cost of your care, please reach out to one of our compassionate intake specialists today.

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