Subutex (Buprenorphine) Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Subutex is right for me?

Subutex, a medication that has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is used to treat opioid addiction. If you are dependent on opioids, such as morphine, painkillers, or heroin, taking Subutex can greatly help put an end to your opioid addiction. In addition, this medication is proven to be both safe and effective. When taken within a medication assisted treatment program, Subutex works to stop withdrawal symptoms and tempting drug cravings.

To determine if Subutex is the right medication for you, you must talk it over with your physician so that he or she can provide you with the best guidance based on your needs. He or she can also help you figure out what kind of treatment will be most beneficial in treating those needs.

Can I become addicted to Subutex?

Yes. Because buprenorphine is the active ingredient in this medication, it can become addictive. It is unlikely that you will become addicted to Subutex, as the risk for developing a dependency is low.

Will Subutex show up on a drug screening?

No. The average urine tests that are used to detect drugs are not designed to pick up traces of buprenorphine. There are tests that can detect buprenorphine, however if you are taking this medication legally within a medication assisted treatment program, there is nothing to worry about either way.

How long will I need to be on Subutex?

Your own needs will determine how long you will need to remain on Subutex. Some individuals only stay on Subutex for a short period of time, while others stay on it longer. Again, your length of time spent on Subutex will be determined by your own needs.

Does Subutex interact with other drugs or medications?

Yes. Combining Subutex with other medications or drugs can cause unpleasant side effects. These side effects will depend on the type of medication(s) that Subutex interacts with. Your physician will be able to inform you of the medications that you can and cannot take while on Subutex, however if you are on this medication, you should refrain from using alcohol or recreational drugs to avoid dangerous side effects.

As with any medication, it is always beneficial to discuss what medications you are currently taking with your physician before starting a new one, including Suboxone. Therefore, he or she can provide you with all the information and warnings necessary so you can stay healthy and safe during treatment.

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

If you no longer wish to take Subutex, you can work with your physician to determine the next step. You can either wean off Subutex if your physician approves or wean off of it and then begin taking a different medication. For many individuals, they utilize Subutex at the start of their treatment and then switch to Suboxone for long-term treatment. All decisions will be made between you and your physician.

What is the cost of Subutex treatment?

Each individual’s treatment is going to vary based on a number of things. Since every patient’s treatment plan is individualized, costs can fluctuate. Because of this individualization, your cost of care is going to depend on your own needs. To determine what your cost of treatment will be in receiving care at a Southern California Comprehensive Treatment Center, please contact one of our intake specialists.