Subutex (Buprenorphine) Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Subutex is right for me?

Subutex, a prescription medication that has the approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in opioid addiction treatment programs, is a safe and effective medication prescribed put an end to an individual’s dangerous cycle of opioid abuse. If you are struggling with an addiction to prescription painkillers, morphine, or heroin, you can utilize Subutex as directed by a medical professional and within a medication assisted treatment program. This medication is effective in curbing drug cravings, as well as stopping the onset of withdrawal symptoms.

You will only find out if Subutex is right for you after you discuss your needs with a certified medical professional who can evaluate your current health status. At that time, he or she can help you determine which type of treatment is best for you.

Can I become addicted to Subutex?

Yes. Subutex contains buprenorphine, which is an opioid medication that can be addictive. However, it is said that the likelihood of becoming addicted to buprenorphine is low when taken as part of a medication assisted treatment program.

Will Subutex show up on a drug screening?

No. If you are made to take a drug test while on Subutex, your use will not be detected. However, if you are using other opioids such as heroin, your test will result in a positive. There are specific drug tests that can detect buprenorphine, however they are not generally used in mainstream testing.

How long will I need to be on Subutex?

The length of time that you will remain on Subutex will be based on your own needs. Your physician and your counselor will help determine your length of use. Keep in mind that some individuals use Subutex for shorter periods of time than others, but again, your use will be based on what your needs call for.

Does Subutex interact with other drugs or medications?

Yes. When mixed with other medications or drugs, Subutex can cause a wide range of side effects. While it depends on the type of substances that are being consumed, the side effects can vary from mild to severe. Ask your physician to inform you of possible interactions that can occur based on the medication that you are consuming. When taking Subutex, you should not engage in recreational drug use or the consumption of alcohol, as doing so can cause negative interactions with Subutex.

As with most medications, it is important that you make your physician aware of all medications that you are taking so that he or she can provide you with the proper information regarding potential effects.

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

If you decide that you no longer want to take Subutex, you can work closely with your physician to begin weaning off of the medication as opposed to stopping suddenly. It is common for patients to start their medication assisted treatment with Subutex and then switch over to Suboxone for long-term care. However, your physician and counselor can help you make these decisions to meet your treatment goals.

What is the cost of Subutex treatment?

The treatment that is offered at Temecula Valley Comprehensive Treatment Program is extremely individualized so that each patient obtains the most unique effective treatment possible. To make your treatment specific to your needs, we will implement specific treatment plans to meet all of your needs. Because of this approach, the cost of care can vary. To talk more about your needs and to find out how much you might be paying for a treatment plan of your own, please contact one of our intake specialists right now.