Suboxone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Suboxone is right for me?

Suboxone is known as one of the safest and most effective medications used to help treat opioid addiction. If you are struggling with an opioid dependence, the use of Suboxone through a medication-assisted treatment program can allow you to regain control of your life. Suboxone will help reduce cravings and lessen withdrawal symptoms. You will need to meet with a professional who can help you determine if taking Suboxone is right for you.

Can I become addicted to Suboxone?

Yes. Suboxone is a prescription drug and like many other prescription drugs, it can be addictive. When Suboxone is used in a medication-assisted treatment program, however, it is safe and effective. Suboxone is comprised of both buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine triggers the same receptors in the brain that other opioids do without producing a high, while naloxone works to prevent overdose. Therefore, Suboxone can help you get through your recovery without having drug cravings or withdrawal symptoms.

Will Suboxone show up on a drug screening?

On a standard drug screening, Suboxone will not show up. However, it can show up on a drug screening test that is designed to pick up buprenorphine. If you are using Suboxone as a part of a medication-assisted treatment program, your use is not illegal, especially considering you have a prescription for it and are being monitored by a physician.

How long will I need to be on Suboxone?

You and your physician will determine the length of time that you remain on Suboxone. Suboxone is safe to use both short-term and long-term. For some, Suboxone is only taken for a short period of time, while others might remain on it for years. Suboxone is effective in helping you maintain a normal, every day life free of withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Regardless of how long you are using Suboxone, its effectiveness will not change.

Does Suboxone interact with other drugs or medications?

You should always inform your physician of any and all drugs and medications that you are taking prior to starting Suboxone. Suboxone can be dangerous when taken with other opioids and/or alcohol. If you are taking Suboxone, you should not take sleeping pills, sedatives, or narcotics and should not consume alcohol. Consult with your doctor regarding any other medications you might be using.

What if I not longer wish to take Suboxone? Can I stop or switch to a different medication?

Suboxone is safe for long-term use, however that does not mean you have to use it for a long period of time. You and your physician will decide whether or not Suboxone is the right medication for you, and if it is not, then you can taper off. Tapering off of Suboxone occurs only after you have made enough progress in your program to do so safely. By tapering off, you will slowly but surely remove the Suboxone from your body and in a safe manner. You are also able to switch to a different medication if that is your objective, though this must be discussed with your physician first.

What is the cost of Suboxone treatment?

Treatment at Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers is incredibly personalized for each and every individual. Therefore the type of medications taken, the forms of therapeutic interventions, and additional services are all dependent on the needs of the patient. As a result, the cost of care will vary. To discuss the potential cost of your care, please contact one of our intake specialists today.