Subutex (Buprenorphine) Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Subutex is right for me?

Subutex is a prescription medication that is used in the treatment of opioid addiction. If you are dependent on opioids such as prescription painkillers, heroin, or morphine, Subutex can safely and effectively help you regain control of your life and help you put your addictive tendencies behind you once and for all. When consumed as prescribed and within the confines of a medication-assisted treatment program, Subutex is able to curb cravings and control painful withdrawal symptoms. Subutex is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The best way to determine if Subutex is right for you is to speak with a treatment provider who can evaluate your personal treatment needs. From there, he or she can recommend and/or offer you the type of medication and treatment that will likely be the greatest fit for you based on those needs.

Can I become addicted to Subutex?

Yes. Subutex contains buprenorphine as its primary ingredient, which is an opioid-based medication that can cause addiction to develop if it is abused. However, the risk of abusing buprenorphine is low when a person is taking part in a medication-assisted treatment program. The professionals within this type of treatment closely monitor the dosage and progress made by each patient in order to ensure Subutex’s safety and effectiveness.

Will Subutex show up on a drug screening?

No. Should you be made to take a drug screening while on Subutex, your use will not trigger a positive result. There are tests that are designed specifically to detect the presence of substances like buprenorphine, however they are not commonly used.

How long will I need to be on Subutex?

You will remain on Subutex for as long or as short as you and your provider see fit. Some individuals consume Subutex for a long period of time, while others only do so for a short while. In the end, the period of time that you will take Subutex for will all depend on your own treatment needs.

Does Subutex interact with other drugs or medications?

Yes. If Subutex is mixed with other drugs or medications, a variety of dangerous effects can develop. While it depends on the types of substances that are being consumed, the side effects that can result can range from mild to severe. Your treatment provider can supply you with more detailed information about possible interactions that you might encounter based on the medications that you are taking. Keep in mind that those who are taking Subutex should abstain from the abuse of other opioids and alcohol, as consuming either while on this medication can be dangerous.

Always ensure that you are open and honest with your treatment provider regarding the medications that you are on. In doing so, you are allowing him or her to provide you with the warnings that can help you safeguard yourself against serious side effects.

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

If you decide to stop your consumption of Subutex, be sure to work with your treatment provider, as he or she can help you safely wean off of this medication to avoid the onset of withdrawal symptoms. Your treatment plan and the decisions made to support it will be made by you and your treatment provider based on your needs and goals.

What is the cost of Subutex treatment?

The treatment that is offered at at Boston Comprehensive Treatment Center is individualized to meet each patient’s specific needs. An aspect of this individualization is implementing medications, therapeutic modalities, and additional services. As a result, the cost of care can vary from patient to patient. To talk with someone about your treatment needs and the potential cost of your care, please contact one of our intake specialists today.