Subutex (Buprenorphine) Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Subutex is right for me?

Subutex is a safe and effective treatment option for individuals who are struggling with addictions to opioids such as heroin or prescription painkillers. Approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Subutex eliminates the physical discomforts associated with the process of withdrawal and decreases cravings for additional opioid use.

Individuals who are interested in incorporating Subutex into their comprehensive treatment plan should consult with their treatment provider in order to determine if Subutex is the appropriate medication based upon their individual treatment requirements. There are multiple medications available for patients through the treatment available at Northeast Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers, so it is important to explore various treatment options before beginning a medication regimen.

Can I become addicted to Subutex?

Buprenorphine, the active ingredient in Subutex, carries addictive proprieties along with its use. Because of this, there is a chance of becoming addicted to Subutex if taken outside of its prescribed guidelines. However, when taken as directed and under the supervision of a trained medical processional within a licensed treatment center, the use of this medication is extremely safe and the risk for abuse and addiction is low.

Will Subutex show up on a drug screening?

Should a patient be required to complete a drug screen while taking Subutex, he or she will not test positive. A specific test is required in order to detect the presence of buprenorphine within a person’s system. However, patients should understand that the use of opioids and other substances will cause a positive result to take place.

How long will I need to be on Subutex?

The length of time that a patient will remain on Subutex will be dependent upon his or her unique treatment needs. By working closely with the team of medical professionals at Northeast Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers, patients will be able to determine the appropriate length of time that Subutex will benefit them.

Does Subutex interact with other drugs or medications?

The interactions that can take place when Subutex is combined with other medications, substances, and prescriptions can be extremely dangerous. Because of this, patients who are prescribed Subutex should refrain from using any other substances until they consult with their prescribing physician. In addition, individuals who use Subutex should not consume alcohol or other recreational drugs due to the extremely hazardous side effects that can occur.

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

Patients who no longer wish to remain on Subutex should work closely with their treatment provider in order to properly taper off of their medication. When the use of Subutex suddenly ceases, individuals may experience the uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal. However, once a patient is safely weaned off of their medication, he or she can then transition onto a different medication or remain medication-free.

What is the cost of Subutex treatment?

Northeast Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers provide patients with customized care that meets their unique requirements and treatment goals. Because of this, the final cost of care can vary between patients. To learn more about the cost of care based upon your treatment needs, please contact one of our dedicated intake coordinators today. The staff at Northeast Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers is here to help you break free from the dangerous cycle of opioid addiction.