Subutex (Buprenorphine) Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Subutex is right for me?

Approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of opioid addiction, Subutex is a prescription medication that helps combat the symptoms of withdrawal when a person is recovering from an addiction to morphine, heroin, or prescription painkillers. Subutex is a safe and effective treatment option utilized to lower cravings, while reducing the physical symptoms associated with opioid withdrawal.

By discussing the treatment options available with one of our qualified healthcare professionals, you will be able to determine if Subutex is the right route for you to take based on your specific treatment needs.

Can I become addicted to Subutex?

Subutex’s active ingredient, buprenorphine, can be addictive in nature. However, when a person is enrolled in a medication assisted treatment program, the professional staff providing care go to great lengths to monitor the prescribing and administration of Subutex when it is incorporated into a patient’s treatment plan. Because of this diligence to offering superior care, the risk of addiction is low.

Will Subutex show up on a drug screening?

The urine tests that are commonly used for drug testing purposes are created to detect opioids within a person’s system. Taking Subutex will not cause an individual to test positive on a drug screen nor will the presence of buprenorphine be detected. While specific tests can be used to detect buprenorphine, it is important for a person who is prescribed this medication to inform the administrator of the drug screen that he or she is legally taking Subutex.

How long will I need to be on Subutex?

While some patients stay on Subutex long-term, others only require it for a shorter period of time. The length of time patients remain on Subutex will vary based on the individualized needs of each patient. By discussing your treatment plan with your physician and counselor, you will gain a better understanding of the length of time treatment with this medication is required.

Does Subutex interact with others drugs or medications?

Combining Subutex with other medications can cause numerous adverse effects. Depending on the medication used at the same time as Subutex, side effects can span from mild to severe in nature. Patients who are using Subutex should refrain from using recreational drugs or consuming alcohol, as these substances can poses a number of harmful risks. Patients should notify their prescribing physician of any medications or drugs that they are currently taking or using prior to beginning a Subutex treatment regimen. By speaking further with your physician regarding other medications that you are prescribed, you will be able to gain a better understanding of any potential interactions that may take place.

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

By working closely with your physician, you will be able to safely wean yourself off of Subutex rather than immediately stopping. Many patients begin treatment on Subutex and later switch to Suboxone for long-term maintenance. By communicating with both your physician and counselor, you can decide what the best route of action works with your overall treatment plan based on your specific needs.

What is the cost of Subutex treatment?

Since the treatment provided at Seattle Comprehensive Treatment Centers is individualized based on the specific needs of each individual patient, the cost of care will vary. Pending the medications used, as well as the therapeutic interventions utilized, the total cost of treatment will vary. To further discuss the treatment options available, as well as the cost of treatment at Seattle Comprehensive Treatment Centers, please contact one of our dedicated intake experts. We look forward to speaking with you.