Suboxone FAQ

How do I know if Suboxone is right for me?

Prescribed to individuals who are struggling with addictions to opioids, Suboxone is a safe and effective treatment option. When taken within a medication assisted treatment program, Suboxone eliminates the symptoms of withdrawal while also keeping cravings for continued opioid use at bay. By consulting with one of the medical professionals at Western North Carolina Comprehensive Treatment Centers, patients can determine if Suboxone is the appropriate medication based on their individual needs.

Can I become addicted to Suboxone?

Due to the chemical makeup of Suboxone, there is a possibility of developing tolerance and an addiction to this substance if taken outside of its prescribed guidelines. However, when taken as prescribed and under the supervision of a trained medical professional, Suboxone is an extremely safe treatment option. Comprised of buprenorphine and naloxone, Suboxone interacts with the same receptors in the brain that are typically activated by opioids. Suboxone, however, does not cause patients to experience cognitive impartments, which allows them to play an active role in daily activities without the discomforts of withdrawal.

Will Suboxone show up on a drug screening?

If a patient is required to complete a drug screen during the course of treatment, Suboxone will not cause a positive result. A specific test is required in order to detect the presence of buprenorphine, which is the primary active component in Suboxone. Suboxone is a legal medication when it is prescribed within a licensed medication assisted treatment program.

How long will I need to be on Suboxone?

The length of time in which a patient remains on Suboxone will be dependent upon his or her treatment needs. By working closely with your prescribing physician, you will be able to determine the length of time in which Suboxone will benefit you and your progress in treatment. While some patients are only prescribed Suboxone for a short period of time, others may continue taking it for years. The effectiveness of Suboxone will not decrease over time, which allows patients to remain on it as long as it is necessary. Patients who are prescribed this medication are given relief from the symptoms of withdrawal while also keeping cravings for additional opioid use at bay. Once the physical symptoms that accompany withdrawal are diminished, patients are able to achieve the mental clarity that is required to participate in the other facets of their treatment and recovery.

Does Suboxone interact with other drugs or medications?

Yes. Patients should inform their healthcare provider of any medications that they are taking prior to incorporating Suboxone into their treatment plan due to the potential dangerous side effects that can take place. Suboxone can cause patients to experience adverse effects when combined with other opioids and alcohol. Because of this, the use of other drugs during the course of treatment is ill-advised. Patients should consult with their physician prior to utilizing any other prescription or over-the-counter medication while taking Suboxone.

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

Although the use of Suboxone is approved to be safe for long-term use, patients who begin treatment on this medication are not required to continue taking it long-term. By working closely with our team of medical professionals, patients are able to safely taper off of Suboxone. Based on the treatment plan of each patient, he or she may then transition onto a different medication or remain medication-free.

What is the cost of Suboxone treatment?

Western North Carolina Comprehensive Treatment Centers provides patients with customized care based on their individual needs and treatment requirements. Because our treatment is personalized, the cost of care can vary between patients as well. To learn more about the final cost of treatment as well as the treatment options that we offer, please contact one of our intake experts today.

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