Suboxone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Suboxone is right for me?

Suboxone, a proven effective and safe medication, is utilized in the treatment of those who are grappling with an opioid addiction. If you have found yourself dependent on opioids, consuming a medication such as Suboxone within a medication assisted treatment program can allow you to put an end to your dangerous abuse of opioids all while no longer being burdened with cravings or withdrawal symptoms. To be sure if Suboxone is the appropriate medication for you, speak with your provider who can evaluate what your treatment needs are so that he or she can recommend the best course of care.

Can I become addicted to Suboxone?

Yes. Suboxone is a potent medication that can cause tolerance and addiction to develop if it is taken outside of how it is prescribed. When used within the confines of a medication assisted treatment program, however, Suboxone is a safe and effective medication. Suboxone is comprised of buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is responsible for stimulating the receptors in the brain that are triggered through the presence of heroin or prescription painkillers, however, a high is not produced as it would be through the use of these substances. Therefore, buprenorphine allows you to go through your day without the nagging cravings for continued use or painful withdrawal symptoms.

Will Suboxone show up on a drug screening?

Suboxone does not cause a drug test to turn positive, as most drug panels are unable to detect this medication. Buprenorphine is the active ingredient in Suboxone, and is only detectable on a drug panel that has been created specifically to recognize it. However, if you are participating in a medication assisted treatment program and are consuming Suboxone as a part of your programming, your use is legal. If you elect to abuse opioids and take a drug test, your screening will render a positive result.

How long will I need to be on Suboxone?

It is important that you and your provider speak at length regarding how long you will remain on Suboxone. Extensive research has shown that Suboxone is effective and safe for short- and long-term use. Some individuals take Suboxone for a handful of months prior to tapering off, while others continue to use Suboxone for years. Among the numerous benefits of Suboxone is that this medication is capable of curbing withdrawal symptoms and cravings, which allows you to continue on in your daily life and fulfill your responsibilities. The effectiveness of Suboxone does not erode over time, meaning that you can keep taking this medication until it is decided otherwise.

Does Suboxone interact with other drugs or medications?

Similar to other prescription medications, you should make your provider aware of the medications that you are consuming prior to starting on Suboxone. This medication can trigger the onset of serious side effects, especially when combined with other opioids such as heroin, oxycodone, codeine, and hydrocodone. Additionally, side effects can develop if Suboxone is mixed with alcohol. Those who are on a Suboxone treatment plan should abstain from using sedatives, sleeping pills, alcohol, or narcotic painkillers. For information on all other types of medications, speak to your provider for details.

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

Suboxone is approved for long-term use, however, that does not mean that you have to take it forever. If you and your provider come to an agreement where you decide that Suboxone is no longer the best medication for your needs, or if you have moved through your recovery enough to start tapering off of Suboxone entirely, this can occur through gradually consuming smaller doses of the medication to clear your system of its presence. It will be up to you and your provider to reevaluate your treatment goals to determine if you can stay medication-free or start on a different medication.

What is the cost of Suboxone treatment?

The treatment provided at Northeast Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers is unique to each individual and includes the use of medications like Suboxone, numerous therapy sessions, and additional services that can be beneficial for you at this time. Since your treatment will be individualized to meet your needs, your cost of care will also depend on a variety of factors. To further discuss how much your medication and/or treatment might cost you, please call us right now to speak with one of our intake experts.