Suboxone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Suboxone is right for me?

When taken as prescribed within a medication-assisted treatment program, Suboxone provides patients with relief from the uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal while also eliminating cravings for additional opioid use. Individuals who are interested in being prescribed this medication should work closely with their treatment provider to ensure that Suboxone is the appropriate fit for their treatment needs. By working closely with our team of medical experts, patients can be assured that they are receiving the appropriate treatment based upon their unique individual needs.

Can I become addicted to Suboxone?

If taken outside of its prescribed guidelines, there is a risk for addiction to Suboxone. However, when patients utilize this mediation as directed by their treatment provider, the risk for addiction is extremely low. Utilizing a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone, Suboxone eliminates the physical discomforts that are associated with the withdrawal process. Buprenorphine interacts with the same receptors in the brain that are typically activated when opioids are abused. Unlike opioids, buprenorphine will not cause patients to experience a euphoric high or disorientated state of mind. Because of this, individuals who are prescribed this medication are able to play an active role in daily obligations without interruption. In sum, when this medication is taken appropriately, the risk for abuse and addiction is significantly reduced.

Will Suboxone show up on a drug screening?

Individuals who are prescribed Suboxone will not test positive on a drug screen, as a specific test is required in order to detect the presence of buprenorphine within a person’s system. When prescribed Suboxone within a licensed treatment center, the use of this medication is legal. Patients should be aware that the use of opioids and other substances will be detected on a drug panel, which is why refraining from these substances is extremely important.

How long will I need to be on Suboxone?

While some patients will remain on Suboxone long-term, other individuals will only be prescribed this medication for a short period of time. The length of time that a patient remains on Suboxone will be dependent upon his or her unique treatment requirements. The use of Suboxone has been clinically proven safe for both short- and long-term use which allows individuals to remain on this medication for as long as necessary.

Does Suboxone interact with other drugs or medications?

The use of Suboxone can negatively interact with other medications which is why patients should first discuss its use with their physician prior to incorporating it into their treatment plan. Individuals who are prescribed Suboxone should refrain from using heroin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, and/or alcohol during the course of treatment due to the extremely dangerous side effects that can take place.

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 long-term, individuals are not required to remain on this medication indefinitely. By working closely with your treatment team, you will be able to safely taper off of this medication if you no longer wish to remain on it. Suddenly ceasing the use of Suboxone can cause patients to experience uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Once Suboxone is no longer in a person’s system, he or she can choose to be medication-free or transition onto a different medication.

What is the cost of Suboxone treatment?

The care available through Desert Comprehensive Treatment Center is highly customized to meet the individual needs of each patient. Due to the customization of our treatment, the final cost of care can vary between patients. Please contact our intake team today to learn more about the treatment that we offer as well as the cost of care based upon your treatment needs.