Subutex (Buprenorphine) Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Subutex is right for me?

Approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Subutex is a safe and effective way to treat addiction to opioids like morphine, heroin, or prescription painkillers. When taken as directed and under the supervision of a trained medical professional within a medication-assisted treatment program, patients have reported a dramatic decrease in the physical symptoms of withdrawal that are experienced, as well as reduction in cravings for additional opioid use.

By working closely with a medical professional, you can determine if Subutex is the appropriate form of treatment based on your individual requirements and treatment needs.

Can I become addicted to Subutex?

Since Subutex is an opioid medication that uses buprenorphine as its active component, there is potential for addiction. However, the risk for becoming addicted to buprenorphine is extremely low when taken as directed under the guidance of a medical professional.

Will Subutex show up on a drug screening?

Subutex will not cause an individual to test positive on a drug screen as a specific test is required in order to detect buprenorphine within the system. However, the urine tests that are typically utilized for screening purposes will detect other opioids within the body.

How long will I need to be on Subutex?

The length of time during which a patient is required to utilize Subutex will vary based on his or her individual needs. By working closely with your physician, you will be able to determine the appropriate length of time that Subutex will be of benefit you.

Does Subutex interact with other drugs or medications?

Because Subutex can cause adverse reactions when taken with other medications, it is extremely important to notify your physician of any other medications, substances, or over-the-counter drugs that you may be taking prior to incorporating Subutex into your treatment program. Individuals who are prescribed Subutex are advised to refrain from using alcohol and recreational substances due to the dangerous effects that can take place. By working closely with your physician, you will be able to learn more about the effects that may take place while on Subutex.

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

Because withdrawal symptoms can take place if use of Subutex suddenly ceases, it is important to work closely with a trained medical professional in order to safely wean off of your medication or transition onto another prescription. While some individuals are only prescribed Subutex for a short period of time, others will begin treatment on Subutex and later transition onto Suboxone for long-term treatment maintenance.

What is the cost of Subutex treatment?

The treatment provided through Southeast Massachusetts Comprehensive Treatment Centers is highly individualized based on the needs of each individual patient. Due to the customized nature of treatment, the final cost will vary patient to patient. To further discuss the treatment options available, as well as learn more about the cost of care, please contact one of our dedicated intake coordinators today.