Subutex (Buprenorphine) Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Subutex is right for me?

Approved for use by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Subutex is a prescription medication utilized within medication assisted treatment programs to help aid individuals who are struggling with addictions to prescription painkillers, morphine, or heroin. Subutex helps to lower the painful symptoms often associated with withdrawal, while also decreasing cravings for additional opioids.

By consulting with a qualified medical professional, you will be able to gain a better understanding if Subutex is the appropriate fit based on your individual needs and treatment requirements.

Can I become addicted to Subutex?

Since Subutex includes buprenorphine as its main active component, there is a risk of addiction due to buprenorphine’s addictive properties. It is important to note, however, that the risk for becoming addicted to buprenorphine is extremely low when it is taken as part of a medication assisted treatment program.

Will Subutex show up on a drug screening?

The urine tests that are typically used for drug screenings will not detect the presence of Subutex within a person’s system, as a specific test is required to do so. However, should an individual attempt to abuse opioids such as heroin while on Subutex, a positive result will show up on a drug screen panel.

How long will I need to be on Subutex?

The length of time in which an individual will continue to use Subutex will vary patient to patient. By working closely with your physician and counselor, you will be able to gain a better understanding of the length of time for which Subutex will benefit you. Subutex is safe for both short- and long-term use.

Does Subutex interact with other drugs or medications?

Since Subutex can cause adverse effects when taken with other medications, it is important to openly discuss the use of any medications with your physician prior to incorporating Subutex into your treatment plan. Side effects can range from mild to severe depending on the medication that is being taken along with Subutex. Patients taking Subutex should refrain from using recreational drugs and alcohol due to the negative interactions that can take place. By speaking with your physician prior to starting Subutex, you will be able to gain a better understanding of the potential interactions that may take place depending on the specific other medication(s) that you are taking.

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

Should you decide to stop taking Subutex, it is extremely important to work closely with your physician to safely wean off of the medication rather than immediately ceasing your use. Many patients begin treatment on Subutex and later transition onto other medications or decide to wean off of medications all together. By working with your counselor and physician, you will be able to decide what the best course of action is based on your individual needs.

What is the cost of Subutex treatment?

The treatment provided at Spokane Comprehensive Treatment Center is highly individualized to meet the specific treatment requirements and needs of each individual patient that walks through our doors. Because of this, the cost of treatment will vary patient to patient.

To learn more about the cost of treatment at Spokane Comprehensive Treatment Center, as well as the treatment options available, please contact one of our knowledgeable intake experts today.