Subutex (Buprenorphine) Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Subutex is right for me?

Approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Subutex is prescribed to individuals who are struggling with an addiction to opioids such as heroin and prescription painkillers. When taken as directed and under the supervision of a medical professional within a medication assisted treatment program, Subutex is a safe and effective treatment option that can be used to overcome the physical effects of opioid withdrawal.

By consulting with your medical provider, you will be able to determine if Subutex is the appropriate medication for you based upon your individual treatment needs and requirements. Because there are numerous treatment options available, it is extremely important to find the right fit for your needs.

Can I become addicted to Subutex?

Subutex includes buprenorphine as its primary active ingredient which carries addictive properties along with its use. Because of this, there is a risk for addiction when taking Subutex. However, when taking this medication under the supervision of a medical professional, the risk for addiction is extremely low.

Will Subutex show up on a drug screening?

Should an individual be required to complete a drug screen during the course of treatment, he or she will not test positive while taking Subutex. A specific test is required in order to detect the presence of buprenorphine within a person’s system. However, a drug screen will detect the opioids and other substances should a person abuse those types of substances.

How long will I need to be on Subutex?

The length of time that a patient will be required to take Subutex will be dependent upon his or her treatment requirements. While some patients only take Subutex for a short period of time, others remain on it long-term. By working closely with your physician, you will be able to determine the length of time in which you will need to remain on Subutex.

Does Subutex interact with other drugs or medications?

Yes and because Subutex can cause negative side effects when combined with other medications, it is important to openly discuss the use of other substances, prescriptions, and over-the-counter medications with your physician prior to incorporating Subutex into your treatment plan. Your physician will be able to provide you with more detailed information regarding the potential interactions that may take place based on the specific medication(s) that are being consumed along with Subutex. Patients who are prescribed Subutex should avoid using recreational drugs as well as alcohol during the course of treatment due to the dangerous effects that can take place.

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

Should you decide that you no longer wish to take Subutex, it is important to work closely with your prescribing physician in order to safely taper off of your medication to avoid experiencing symptoms of withdrawal. Many patients will begin their treatment by taking Subutex and later transition onto a different medication for long-term maintenance. By working closely with your team of treatment providers, you will be able to determine the safest course of treatment based on your individual needs.

What is the cost of Subutex treatment?

The treatment available through Western North Carolina Comprehensive Treatment Centers is highly individualized based upon the requirements of each patient. Our team of professionals works closely with patients to develop a plan of care that is based on their treatment needs. Because of this, the cost of care can differ between patients.

To learn more about the cost of care as well as the treatment options that we offer, please contact us today.