Suboxone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Suboxone is right for me?

Comprised of two substances (buprenorphine and naloxone), Suboxone is a medication that interacts with receptors in the brain that are stimulated by the abuse of other opioids, such as prescription pain medications, heroin, and similar substances. However, Suboxone does not create a mind-altering high, which allows patients to continue their everyday activities without being challenged with withdrawal symptoms or cravings.

Suboxone is known for its safety and effectiveness in helping individuals who are grappling with opioid addiction. If you have become dependent on one or more opioids, the use of Suboxone within a medication assisted treatment program can allow you to stop your opioid abuse without suffering from withdrawal symptoms or cravings to use. To find out if Suboxone is the appropriate medication for you, speak with a certified physician who can evaluate your treatment needs.

Can I become addicted to Suboxone?

Suboxone is a very strong medication that can be addictive. However, when it is taken as prescribed and within a medication assisted treatment program, the use of this medication is effective, safe, and unlikely to develop into an addiction.

Will Suboxone show up on a drug screening?

No, if you are taking Suboxone, it will not show up on a standard drug test. Suboxone’s primary ingredient (buprenorphine) will only appear on a specialized test that is designed to detect it. However, if you are enrolled in a medication assisted treatment program that is licensed, your use is considered legal and you will not be penalized for taking this medication.

How long will I need to be on Suboxone?

The period of time that you will remain on Suboxone will be dependent on your own individual needs. You and your physician will decide how long you stay on this medication. An extensive amount of research has proven that the use of Suboxone is safe and effective for both short and long-term use. Some patients take Suboxone for a couple of months, while others use it for years. Suboxone is beneficial in the sense that it prevents withdrawal symptoms and eliminates cravings, which allow patients to focus solely on their daily responsibilities and treatment. The effectiveness of Suboxone does not decrease over time, which means that you can take it for as long as needed until you and your physician decide differently.

Does Suboxone interact with other drugs or medications?

As with most medications, Suboxone can interact with other drugs or medications. As a result, you should disclose any and all medications that you are taking to your physician prior to starting a Suboxone regimen. When taken with other opioids, such as heroin, hydrocodone, or oxycodone, Suboxone can cause negative side effects. Those who are taking Suboxone should not use sedatives, sleeping pills, narcotic pain medicines, or consume alcohol. In regards to other medications, please discuss then with your physician at the start of treatment.

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

Suboxone is approved for long-term use, however when you start taking Suboxone, you do not need to take it for the rest of your life. If you and your physician determine Suboxone is no longer the best medication for you, or if you are ready to taper off, he or she can help assist you in taking smaller doses of Suboxone until your body is clear of the substance. At that point, you can either switch to another medication or stay medication-free.

What is the cost of Suboxone treatment?

Treatment provided at Southeastern Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers is individualized to meet the needs of each patient. Each individual will receive medications (like Suboxone), therapy sessions, and possibly other services. As a result, the cost for care will vary because your needs are unique and so is your treatment plan. To discuss the possible cost of Suboxone and treatment at one of our centers, please contact one of our intake specialists today.