Subutex (Buprenorphine) FAQ

How do I know if Subutex is right for me?

Subutex, a medication that has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for opioid addiction treatment, is effective and safe. If you are struggling with an addiction to morphine, heroin, or prescription painkillers, Subutex can be an excellent way to help end your dangerous cycle of substance abuse. When taken as prescribed and as a part of a medication assisted treatment program, Subutex can help reduce cravings and painful withdrawal symptoms.

In order to determine if Subutex is the appropriate medication for you, you can contact Allied Health Services Medford to learn more about this life-changing medication.

Can I become addicted to Subutex?

Yes. Subutex contains buprenorphine, which can be addictive. However, the likelihood of developing an addiction to this medication is said to be low when taken under the supervision of a medical professional in a medication assisted treatment program.

Will Subutex show up on a drug screening?

No. The commonly used drug screens that are typically used only detect other opioids, and do not detect buprenorphine. There are specific tests that can detect this medication, however they are not standard.

How long will I need to be on Subutex?

The period of time that you spend on Subutex will depend on your needs, and will be determined by your physician and counselor. While some individuals remain on Subutex only for a short period of time, others use it longer.

Does Subutex interact with other medications?

Yes. Combining Subutex with other types of medications can cause a variety of different side effects. Speak to your physician to help determine what possible interactions can occur with the medications that you are taking. Keep in mind that those who are taking Subutex should not abuse recreational drugs or drink alcohol while on this medication.

Always ensure that your prescribing physician is aware of all medications that you are taking so that he or she can provide you with all the possible side effects that can occur.

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

If you decide to stop taking Subutex, you should work with your physician to begin the stages of weaning off of this medication so as to minimize any risks involved. It is common for individuals to begin their treatment on Subutex and then switch over to Suboxone for long-term use. All of these decisions will be made with your physician so that all of your individual needs can be met.

What is the cost of Subutex treatment?

At Allied Health Services Medford, we provide personalized treatment so that you receive the most from your treatment plan. Therefore, we implement specific services to help you reach your own personal treatment goals. As a result, the cost of Subutex treatment will vary. To learn more about how much your treatment might cost you, please contact one of our intake specialists today.

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