Suboxone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Suboxone is right for me?

When taken as prescribed, Suboxone eliminates the painful symptoms of withdrawal while keeping cravings for additional opioid use at bay. The use of Suboxone is a safe and effective treatment option for individuals who are struggling with addictions to opioids. Individuals who are interested in incorporating the use of Suboxone into their treatment plan should first consult with their treatment provider to ensure that Suboxone is the appropriate fit based upon their unique individual needs.

Can I become addicted to Suboxone?

When taken outside of its prescribed guidelines, Suboxone can lead to the development of an addiction. However, when this medication is taken as prescribed under the supervision of a trained medical professional, the use of Suboxone is extremely safe. Comprised of a combination of naloxone and buprenorphine, Suboxone interacts with the same receptors in the brain that opioids typically activate. However, Suboxone will not cause patients to experience the same euphoric high that is experienced when opioids are abused. Because of this, individuals who are prescribed this medication are able to function in a productive manner without experiencing cognitive impairments.

Will Suboxone show up on a drug screening?

Should a patient require a drug screen during the course of treatment, he or she will not test positive when utilizing Suboxone. A specific test is required to detect the presence of Suboxone within a person’s system. The use of Suboxone is legal when taken as prescribed within a licensed medication assisted treatment program such as Fitchburg Comprehensive Treatment Center, therefore a patient will not be penalized for his or her use of this medication.

How long will I need to be on Suboxone?

Patients who are prescribed Suboxone should consult with their physician to determine the length of time that this medication will benefit them for. While some patients only utilize Suboxone short-term, others will remain on this medication for a longer period of time. Because the effectiveness of Suboxone will not deteriorate over time, patients are able to remain on Suboxone as long as determined appropriate based upon their individual treatment goals and requirements. The benefits of Suboxone include diminished cravings for continued opioid use as well as an elimination of the physical discomforts associated with withdrawal. Patients who are prescribed this medication are also afforded the mental clarity that is required in order to successfully progress towards lasting recovery.

Does Suboxone interact with other drugs or medications?

Patients who are planning on incorporating Suboxone into their treatment plan should first notify their physician of any medications, prescriptions, or substances that they are taking in order to avoid potentially dangerous effects that can take place when combined with Suboxone. Unlike other medications that can be prescribed within treatment, Suboxone will cause patients to experience symptoms of withdrawal should they attempt to abuse this medication or other substances during treatment. Patients who are prescribed Suboxone should also refrain from using opioids and alcohol as the side effects that can result are extremely hazardous.

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

Although approved safe for long-term use, patients who are prescribed Suboxone are not required to remain on this medication for the rest of their lives. By working closely with your treatment provider, you will be able to determine the appropriate route of treatment based upon your individual goals and needs. If you no longer wish to take Suboxone, your treatment provider will be able to assist you in safely tapering off of this medication and you can either transition onto a different medication or remain medication-free. These decisions, however, must be determined between you and your treatment team to ensure the most favorable outcomes for your care.

What is the cost of Suboxone treatment?

The treatment provided at Fitchburg Comprehensive Treatment Center is individualized based upon the unique needs of each patient who seeks our assistance. Because of this, the final cost of care can vary between patients. To learn more about the cost of treatment based upon your treatment needs, please contact our admissions team today. We are here to help you take the first steps towards a life without addiction.