Subutex (Buprenorphine) Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Subutex is right for me?

Subutex is a prescription medication that has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for opioid addiction treatment. If you have found yourself addicted to morphine, heroin, or prescription pain medications, Subutex can serve as a safe, effective medication to help you stop your opioid abuse. When taken as prescribed and within the guidelines of a medication assisted treatment program, Subutex can stop drug cravings, as well as minimize withdrawal symptoms.

To determine if Subutex is appropriate for you, speak with a physician who can evaluate your individual treatment needs. From there, he or she will be able to inform you of the best treatment options that can yield the most favorable treatment outcomes that match your own goals.

Can I become addicted to Subutex?

Yes. Subutex contains buprenorphine and can be addictive. However, the potential for becoming addicted to Subutex is minimal when taking it while enrolled in a medication assisted treatment program.

Will Subutex show up on a drug screening?

No. If you are taking Subutex, you will not yield a positive test result on an average drug screen. However, if you are using other opioids, they will be detected. Keep in mind that there are specific drug screens that are designed to pick up traces of Subutex, however they are not used in the mainstream.

How long do I need to be on Subutex?

You can remain on Subutex for as long or as short as you and your physician determine appropriate. Some patients use Subutex for a short period of time, while others take it for longer.

Does Subutex interact with other drugs or medications?

Yes. If you mix Subutex with other drugs or medications, you can experience negative side effects. Depending on the type of medication that is consumed, side effects can range from mild to severe. Your physician can offer you information regarding potential interactions that could occur based on the medications that you are taking. Those who take Subutex should steer clear of recreational drugs and alcohol, as both of these substances can cause serious interactions when blended with Subutex.

You should always discuss what medications you are taking with your physician prior to beginning a Subutex regimen. Doing this will allow your physician to offer you information needed to avoid dangerous interactions.

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

If you decide to stop consuming Subutex, you should work with your physician to properly wean off of it instead of stopping use suddenly. In many cases, patients will start their medication assisted treatment on Subutex, and then switch over to Suboxone for long-term care. These kinds of decisions will be made by you and your doctor, as transitions such as these will be based on your individual treatment needs.

What is the cost of Subutex treatment?

At Southeastern Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers, the treatment we provide is individualized to meet the needs of each patient who walks through our doors. This personalized treatment approach means that we will also include services that will be tailored to your needs. Since we approach your treatment in this manner, the cost of your care can vary based on what your personal treatment plan looks like. To talk more about the price of medication assisted treatment, which can include Subutex, please contact one of our intake specialists today.