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How do I know if Suboxone is right for me?

Suboxone is a medication that has been proven safe and effective in the treatment of opioid addiction. If you have become dependent on one or more opioids, consuming Suboxone within a licensed medication-assisted treatment program can aid you in stopping your opioid abuse without struggling with cravings or withdrawal symptoms. The only way that you will be able to determine if Suboxone is the appropriate medication for you is if a treatment provider can evaluate your needs and decide what the best treatment is for you.

Can I become addicted to Suboxone?

Yes. The use of Suboxone can lead to the development of tolerance and addiction if it is misused. However, when a person take this medication under the direct supervision of a medical professional, the risk for such results are substantially diminished. It is important that you adhere to any recommendation given to you by your doctor in order to keep the risk of abuse low so as to prevent the development of an addiction.

Will Suboxone show up on a drug screening?

Suboxone will not show up on a drug screen, as it takes a special test to detect the presence of this medication. However, if you are enrolled in a medication-assisted treatment program and do test positive for buprenorphine, the active ingredient in Suboxone, your use is considered legal.

How long will I need to be on Suboxone?

You and your treatment provider will work together to determine the length of time that you spend taking Suboxone. Detailed research has shown that Suboxone is safe and effective to use both short- and long-term. Therefore some patients can take it for a few months before tapering off of it or switch to another medication if it is desired. Others might continue to use Suboxone for years and remains safe for the person the entire time.

Suboxone provides a number of benefits to a patient, including reducing withdrawal symptoms and cravings. As a result, patients can remain focused on working, going to school, driving, or engaging in therapy. Lastly, the effectiveness of Suboxone does not decrease over time, meaning you can keep using this medication until you and your provider decide on a different plan of action for your treatment.

Does Suboxone interact with other drugs or medications?

As is the case with other prescription medications, you should always let your provider know of the medications that you are consuming prior to beginning a Suboxone regimen. The use of Suboxone in conjunction with other medications can lead to strong reactions, especially when consumed with alcohol and other opioids, such as heroin, hydrocodone, oxycodone, and/or codeine. Those who are consuming Suboxone should steer clear from taking sleeping pills, narcotic pain medications, or sedatives, and should not drink alcohol. When it comes to other medications, please speak with your provider to determine how to proceed.

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

While Suboxone is proven safe for long-term use, beginning a Suboxone treatment plan does not mean that you have to take it for a long period of time. Should you and your treatment provider determine that this medication is not the most effective for you, or if you have achieved enough success in your recovery that you are able to stop the use of Suboxone entirely, you can gently taper off of the medication. Through the use of smaller and smaller doses administered over a period of time, your body can eventually become clear of Suboxone. At this point, you can either stay medication-free or transition over to another medication.

What is the cost of Suboxone treatment?

The treatment provided at Baton Rouge Comprehensive Treatment Center is a deeply personalized experience. Treatment plans are designed to meet all of the needs of each patient, which can cause the cost of care to vary from one patient to the next. Therefore, to determine how much your treatment might cost, please reach out and contact one of our intake specialists today to talk about your needs and the potential cost of services at our center.