Subutex (Buprenorphine) FAQ

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How do I know if Subutex is right for me?

Subutex is a prescription medication that has obtained approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of opioid addiction. If you have become dependent on heroin, morphine, or prescription painkillers, Subutex has been proven effective in helping to end addictions to substances such as these. When used as intended and as a part of a medication assisted treatment program, Subutex can help relieve cravings for continued drug use, all while stopping withdrawal symptoms from manifesting.

The only way to determine if Subutex is the right medication for you is to speak with a certified professional who can evaluate your treatment needs. He or she will then be able to decide the appropriate form of treatment that will be best for you, as well as discuss other treatment options that are available.

Can I become addicted to Subutex?

Yes. Since Subutex contains buprenorphine as its primary ingredient, is holds the potential for abuse. However, the likelihood of becoming addicted to buprenorphine is low when it is taken under the direction of a qualified medical professional.

Will Subutex show up on a drug screening?

No. When you consume Subutex, you will not yield a positive drug test. The tests that are most commonly used can detect other opioids like heroin, however they cannot pick up the presence of buprenorphine. Keep in mind there are specific tests that can detect this substance, however they are not frequently used in the mainstream.

How long will I need to be on Subutex?

The length of time that you continue to consume Subutex will depend specifically on your treatment needs. Some patients take Subutex for long periods of time, while others only stay on it for a short while. However, in the end, you can remain on Subutex for as long as your treatment requires.

Does Subutex interact with other drugs or medications?

Yes. When combined with other drugs or medications, a number of negative side effects can develop. While it depends on what medications you are consuming, these side effects can range from mild to severe. Your provider will be able to offer you more details in terms of the possible interactions that could develop based on the medications that you are consuming. In addition, those who are taking Subutex should abstain from the use of recreational drugs or alcohol because of the interactions that could develop from these combinations.

Similar to other prescription medications, you should always make your provider aware of what medications you are taking so he or she can help you avoid any negative drug interactions.

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

If you decide to stop taking Subutex, it is critical that you work with your provider to ensure that you effectively wean off of this medication as opposed to stopping use suddenly. It is common for patients to start their medication assisted treatment with Subutex and then switch to Suboxone for long-term maintenance. These decisions will be made between you, your doctor, and your counselor based on your own needs.

What is the cost of Subutex treatment?

The treatment offered at Baton Rouge Comprehensive Treatment Center is designed to ensure that each patient obtains a truly customized and positive experience while obtaining care. Since an individualized treatment plan involves the development and implementation of services that will meet your needs, the cost of care can depend on a variety of things. To talk more about your treatment needs and to see how much your treatment might cost you, please contact one of our intake specialists today.