Suboxone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Suboxone is right for me?

Suboxone is a medication that is proven safe and effective in the treatment of opioid addiction. If you have become dependent upon opioids, the use of Suboxone within a medication-assisted treatment program can be highly effective in helping you stop consuming these dangerous substances without being saddled with cravings or withdrawal symptoms. To determine if Suboxone is the best medication for you, speak with a provider who can assess your situation and help you determine if this is the most appropriate care for you.

Can I become addicted to Suboxone?

Yes. Suboxone contains buprenorphine, which is a potent medication that can cause addiction and tolerance to occur. When used within a medication-assisted treatment program, however, Suboxone is effective and safe. The buprenorphine that is present in Suboxone works with the same receptors in the brain that are stimulated when substances like heroin and prescription painkillers are present, however, they do not cause an individual to become high. Therefore, the use of buprenorphine can be effective in allowing you to succeed through your day without battling cravings or withdrawal symptoms.

Will Suboxone show up on a drug screening?

Suboxone will not yield a positive test result on a drug test that is used to detect opioids. The active ingredient in Suboxone (buprenorphine) will only be visible on a drug test that is designed to detect it specifically. However, if you are partaking in a medication-assisted treatment program, your use of Suboxone is appropriate and legal.

It is important to note that should you abuse opioids and take a drug test, that test will result as positive.

How long will I need to be on Suboxone?

You will remain on Suboxone for as long as you and your provider see fit based on your treatment needs. Thorough research has proven that Suboxone is safe to use both short-term and long-term. There are some individuals who take Suboxone for a short period of time, while others use it for years. This medication is highly effective in curbing cravings and stopping withdrawal symptoms, all while allowing individuals to continue to work, attend school, drive, engage in therapy, and more. The effectiveness of Suboxone does not fade over time, meaning that you can keep using it until you and your physician decide otherwise.

Does Suboxone interact with other drugs or medications?

Similar to the use of other prescription medications, you should let your provider know of the medications that you are taking before you take Suboxone. The use of this medication can be dangerous when combined with other substances like oxycodone, codeine, hydrocodone, alcohol, and heroin. Those who are consuming Suboxone should steer clear of sedatives, sleeping pills, and narcotic painkillers. In regards to other medications, please speak to your provider.

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

While Suboxone is safe to use for long periods of time, that does not mean that you have to use it for the rest of your life. If you and your provider come to the conclusion that Suboxone is no longer appropriate for you, you can begin weaning off of Suboxone to either start on a new medication or stay medication-free.

What is the cost of Suboxone treatment?

The treatment we offer at Cedar Rapids Comprehensive Treatment Center is individualized and utilizes medications such as Suboxone, a variety of therapy sessions, and a number of additional services. Because the care we provide is customized, so is the cost of care. To learn more about how much your treatment might cost you, please call us right now to speak with an intake expert.