Subutex (Buprenorphine) Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Subutex is right for me?

Prescribed within medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction, Subutex is a U.S. Food and Drug Administration- approved medication that is a safe and effective treatment option for individuals who are addicted to opioids such as heroin and/or prescription painkillers. When taken as directed and under the guidance of a trained medical professional, Subutex eliminates the physical symptoms of withdrawal while keeping cravings for additional substance use at bay.

By discussing your individual treatment requirements with the team of professionals at Fitchburg Comprehensive Treatment Center, you will be able to determine if Subutex is the appropriate medication for your needs. There are multiple medications that can be prescribed within treatment, which is why finding the appropriate fit based upon your unique needs is important.

Can I become addicted to Subutex?

Subutex includes buprenorphine as its active ingredient, which carries addictive properties along with its use. Because of this, there is a risk for addiction when taking Subutex. However, when Subutex is taken as directed and under the supervision of a medical professional, the risk for abuse and addiction is minimal.

Will Subutex show up on a drug screening?

Patients who are required to complete a drug screen while taking Subutex will not test positive as a specific test is required in order to detect the presence of buprenorphine within a person’s system. However, should a patient attempt to abuse opioids or other substances during the course of treatment, he or she will test positive on a drug screen.

How long will I need to be on Subutex?

The length of time that an individual will remain on Subutex will be based upon his or her unique treatment needs. While some patients utilize this medication for a short period of time, others may remain on it long-term. By working closely with your treatment team, you will be able to determine the length of time that Subutex will benefit you for.

Does Subutex interact with other drugs or medications?

The use of Subutex alongside other medications, prescriptions, and substances can cause extremely dangerous side effects. Because of this, patients who which to incorporate the use of Subutex into their treatment plan should first discuss any potential side effects with their prescribing physician. Individuals who are prescribed this medication should avoid using alcohol and recreational drugs due to the dangerous interactions that can take place.

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

If a patient no longer wants to take Subutex, he or she should work closely with his or her  treatment provider in order to safely tapper off of this medication. Because withdrawal symptoms can occur if the use of Subutex suddenly ceases, patients are advised to follow their treatment provider’s guidelines in terms of safely weaning off of their medication. Once Subutex is no longer in an individual’s system, he or she can then transition onto a different medication or remain medication-free.

What is the cost of Subutex treatment?

The treatment available through Fitchburg Comprehensive Treatment Center is highly customized to meet the unique requirements of each individual patient. Because of this, the final cost of care can vary based upon the treatment requirements of each patient. To learn more about the cost of care based upon your treatment needs and goals, as well as to learn more about the treatment options that we offer, please contact Fitchburg Comprehensive Treatment Center today.