Subutex (Buprenorphine) Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Subutex is right for me?

Subutex, a prescription medication that received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the treatment of opioid addiction, is effective in helping individuals put an end to their dependence on substances such as prescription pain medications, heroin, or morphine. Subutex is a medication that is proven safe and effective in treating dangerous patterns of opioid abuse. When taken as prescribed and as a part of a medication-assisted treatment program, Subutex can ward of tempting cravings for continued use, as well as help control upsetting withdrawal symptoms.

To determine if Subutex is the right medication for you, speak with your healthcare provider who can evaluate your treatment needs. He or she can help you decide which form of treatment is best for you and can talk you through the different forms of available treatments.

Can I become addicted to Subutex?

Yes. Subutex contains buprenorphine, which is its primary ingredient. This opioid-based medication can be habit-forming, however, the potential for becoming addicted to buprenorphine is said to be minimal.

Will Subutex show up on a drug screening?

No. If you are consuming Subutex, you will not yield a positive drug test result. The urine tests that are used to detect the presence of drugs do not generally detect buprenorphine, however, they can pick up traces of other opioids like heroin. There are specially designed tests that can yield a positive drug test if you are taking Subutex, but they are not frequently used in the mainstream.

How long will I need to be on Subutex?

The period of time that you remain on Subutex will be based on your needs and will be determined by you, your provider, and your counselor. Some patients continue to take Subutex for a while, however, others might take it for a short time. Again, this will depend on your individual needs.

Does Subutex interact with other medications?

Yes. When Subutex is combined with other drugs or medications, a variety of negative side effects can develop. While it depends on the type of substance that is being combined with Subutex, side effects can range from mild to moderate to severe. Your provider will be able to supply you with more detailed information regarding potential interactions that you might experience based on the medications that you are taking. Those who are taking Subutex should abstain from the use of recreational substances, including alcohol, as negative effects can develop.

Similar to any other prescription medication, you should always speak with your provider and make him or her aware of all the medications that you are taking so as to avoid any possible negative interactions.

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

If you decide to stop using Subutex, it is imperative that you work with your counselor so that you can wean yourself off instead of just abruptly stopping use. It is common for some patients to start their medication-assisted treatment on Subutex, and then switch over to the use of Suboxone for an extended period of time. Any of these decisions will be made amongst yourself, your provider, and your counselor so that all of your treatment needs can be continually met.

What is the cost of Subutex treatment?

The treatment that is supplied at Cedar Rapids Comprehensive Treatment Center is individualized in ways that ensure that each patient is getting the care he or she truly needs. Part of this customization involves the establishment and implementation of treatment plans that will address our patients detailed needs. Therefore, the cost of Subutex treatment is bound to vary, as it will depend on the specific services that are being obtained. To talk more about your treatment needs and to see how much your treatment might cost you, please contact one of our skilled intake experts right now.