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 a safe treatment option for individuals who are struggling with addictions to opioids. When taken as directed, Subutex eliminates cravings for continued opioid use while reducing the physical symptoms of withdrawal. By consulting with your treatment provider, you will be able to determine if Subutex is the appropriate treatment option based upon your unique treatment requirements. There are several prescription medication options for patients to incorporate into their treatment at Desert Comprehensive Treatment Center, which is why finding the correct fit is important.

Can I become addicted to Subutex?

Subutex consists of buprenorphine as its active component, which carries addictive properties along with its use. Because of this, there is a risk for addiction when taking this medication. However, when patients take Subutex as directed and under the guidance of a trained medical professional within a licensed treatment center, such as Desert Comprehensive Treatment Center, the risk for addiction is extremely low.

Will Subutex show up on a drug screening?

Because a specific test is required in order to detect the presence of buprenorphine within a person’s system, patients who are required to complete a standard drug screen while taking Subutex will not test positive. Patients should be reminded that the use of other opioids and illegal substances would cause a positive result to take place on any drug screen that is taken.

How long will I need to be on Subutex?

The length of time that an individual remains on Subutex will be dependent upon his or her individual treatment requirements. While some patients will utilize this medication long-term, others will only remain on it for a short period of time. By working closely with your treatment provider, you will be able to determine the length of time that Subutex will benefit you.

Does Subutex interact with other drugs or medications?

Mild to severe side effects can take place when Subutex is taken with other substances, prescriptions, and/or over-the-counter medications. Because of this, patients should notify their treatment provider of any other substances that they are taking prior to incorporating Subutex into their treatment plan. Individuals who are prescribed this medication should refrain from using alcohol and/or any recreational drugs during the course of treatment due to the extremely dangerous side effects that can take place.

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

Individuals who no longer wish to remain on Subutex should work closely with their treatment provider in order to safely wean off of their medication. Patients who abruptly stop using this medication may experience the uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal. However, after tapering off of Subutex and once this medication is completely out of a patient’s system, he or she can then determine if transitioning onto a different medication or remaining medication-free the best route to take is based upon that individual’s treatment needs.

What is the cost of Subutex treatment?

Desert Comprehensive Treatment Center provides patients with highly individualized care based upon their unique treatment requirements. Because the treatment provided is tailored to individual patients needs, the final cost of care can fluctuate between patients. To learn more about the treatment available through Desert Comprehensive Treatment Center, as well as the cost of care based upon your personal treatment requirements, please contact us today. Our team of intake experts is here to assist you in taking the first steps towards a recovered future.