Subutex (Buprenorphine) Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Subutex is right for me?

Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Subutex is a medication commonly used in the treatment of opioid addiction. Subutex has been utilized as a means of helping individuals addicted to opioids, such as prescription pills, heroin, or morphine break their deadly cycle of abuse. When taken within a medication-assisted treatment program, Subutex plays a key role in eliminating the desire to continue to use and also offsets the many withdrawal symptoms an individual might experience.

In order to know if Subutex is right for you, you should consult with a medical professional who can determine your need for the medication based on your personal needs. From there, you will be guided towards the correct form of treatment that is right for you, which may or may not include Subutex.

Can I become addicted to Subutex?

Yes. The active ingredient in Subutex, buprenorphine, is opioid-based and can be addictive. However, the risk of becoming addicted to buprenorphine is low, especially when used as directed.

Will Subutex show up on a drug screening?

No. The standard drug-screening test will not show buprenorphine, although there are tests made specifically to pick up this drug through a urine sample. The majority of drug-screening tests are made to identify if other opioids, such as heroin, are present in the system.

How long will I need to be on Subutex?

You and your physician (as well as your counselor) will review your individual treatment needs to determine the length of time that you will remain on Subutex. Some individuals need to use Subutex longer than others, and vice versa, but keep in mind every individual’s needs are unique.

Does Subutex interact with other drugs or medications?

Yes. Mixing Subutex with any other medication can cause reactions ranging from mild to severe, depending on what it is mixed with. If you are taking other medications, talk with your doctor prior to taking Subutex to determine if you are at risk for experiencing any side effects. If you are taking Subutex, you should abstain from using recreational drugs or drinking alcohol so you do not jeopardize your health.

As with any other medication, you should always make your physician aware of what other medications you are using prior to taking Subutex. This way, he or she can provide you with all information necessary to help you protect your health.

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

If you desire to stop taking Subutex, it is necessary that you partner with your physician so he or she can help you properly wean off of the drug rather than going “cold turkey.” If you feel that this is the best option for you, rest assured that others also experience wanting to switch medications at this time in their treatment. In some cases, individuals go from using Subutex for a short period of time to using Suboxone for a longer period of time. Again, a decision such as this will be made by both you and your physician based on your own personal needs.

What is the cost of Subutex treatment?

The treatment provided at Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers is individualized based on each person that we treat. We work to determine what your personal needs are and work to build an experience that is best suited for you. Because we work on an individual basis with each one of our patients, the cost will vary based on a number of personal factors. To talk about your needs, learn more about what kind of medication and therapy might be included in your treatment plan, and the cost of our services, please contact one of our intake specialists.