Suboxone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Suboxone is right for me?

Suboxone is an effective and safe medication that is used to treat opioid addiction. If you have grown dependent on opioids, consuming Suboxone as a part of a medication-assisted treatment program can help you end your addictive tendencies without having to battle with the cravings or painful withdrawal symptoms that are known to develop when opioid abuse stops. The only way to find out if Suboxone is the right medication for you is to speak with a medical professional who can evaluate your treatment needs and decide which form of treatment would best fit you.

Can I become addicted to Suboxone?

Yes. Suboxone is a potent medication that can cause tolerance and addiction to develop if misused. However, when consumed within a medication-assisted treatment program, Suboxone is safe and effective for consumption. Suboxone is made up of both buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is responsible for triggering the same receptors in the brain that opioids do but without causing the patient to become high. As a result, buprenorphine helps patients get through the day without having any setbacks related to cravings or withdrawal symptoms.

Will Suboxone show up on a drug screening?

No, a patient’s Suboxone use will not be detected through a standard drug test. The primary ingredient in Suboxone (buprenorphine) will only be detected if a specific type of test is used. However, if a patient is prescribed Suboxone through a medication-assisted treatment program, his or her use is considered legal.

How long will I need to be on Suboxone?

Your treatment provider will be able to help you determine the most appropriate length of time for you to remain on Suboxone. Extensive research has proven that the use of Suboxone is safe and effective for both short- and long-term use. Some individuals take Suboxone for a long period of time, while others only take it for a few months. One of the many benefits of Suboxone is that it is able to stop cravings for continued use as well as curb withdrawal symptoms so patients can continue to engage in daily activities such as driving, going to therapy, attending school, going to work, and so on. Suboxone’s effectiveness does not decrease over time, meaning that a patient can take it for as long as he or she needs.

Does Suboxone interact with other drugs or medications?

You should always inform your treatment provider of all of the medications that you are consuming prior to starting on Suboxone. The use of this medication in conjunction with others can cause strong and dangerous interactions, especially when mixed with other opioids such as codeine, heroin, oxycodone, opium, and hydrocodone. Additionally, those who are taking Suboxone should not drink alcohol or take sedatives or narcotic pain medications. Please speak with your treatment provider regarding all other medications that you might be taking before moving forward with a Suboxone treatment program.

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

While Suboxone is safe for long-term use, beginning in a program that includes this medication does not mean that you have to take it for a long period of time. If you and your provider determine that Suboxone is no longer the most appropriate medication for you, or if you have made enough strides in your recovery to begin stopping the medication portion of your treatment, you can slowly begin to wean off of Suboxone until your body is free and clear of the medication. At that point, you can either stay medication-free or start on a new medication with your provider’s approval.

What is the cost of Suboxone treatment?

The treatment supplied at Boston Comprehensive Treatment Centers is extremely customized and involves the use of medications, the implementation of therapy, and additional services. Since your treatment will be based on your specific needs, the cost of your care will be dependent upon the services you obtain. To speak more about your needs, and to find out how much your care might cost you, please contact one of our intake specialists today.