Subutex (Buprenorphine) Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Subutex is right for me?

Subutex is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of opioid dependence. Prescribed to patients who are struggling with an addiction to prescription painkillers or heroin, Subutex provides patients with relief from the physical discomforts of withdrawal while decreasing cravings for additional opioid use.

Patients who are considering utilizing Subutex should first consult with their physician in order to determine if Subutex is the appropriate treatment option based upon their unique treatment goals and needs.

Can I become addicted to Subutex?

Because Subutex contains buprenorphine as its active ingredient, it is possible for a person to become addicted to Subutex. However, when this medication is taken as directed and under the supervision of a trained medical professional, the risk of addiction is extremely low. Medical professionals carefully monitor the administration of this medication and can ensure the safety of patients when they are able to track each person’s progress while on Subutex.

Will Subutex show up on a drug screening?

Because a specific test is required to detect buprenorphine on a drug screen, patients who are prescribed Subutex will not test positive on a drug test. However, the use of other opioids will show up on a drug panel should a patient attempt to abuse substances during the course of treatment.

How long will I need to be on Subutex?

Although a person can use Subutex long-term, patients who begin treatment on this medication are not required to remain on it for an extended period of time. By working closely with your treatment provider, you will be able to determine the appropriate length of time that Subutex will benefit you for.

Does Subutex interact with other drugs or medications?

The use of Subutex can cause negative interactions when taken with other mediations. Because of this, patients are urged to openly discuss the use of other substances or medications with their physician prior to incorporating the use of Subutex into their treatment plan. Patients who are prescribed Subutex should refrain from using other opioids, illicit substances, and alcohol during the course of treatment due to the dangerous side effects that can take place.

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

Patients who no longer wish to take Subutex should work closely with their treatment team in order to safely wean off of their medication. Because dangerous side effects can take place when the use of Subutex suddenly ceases, patients should slowly taper off of their medication based on the recommendation of their physician. It is extremely common for patients to begin their treatment on Subutex, but later transition onto Suboxone for long-term maintenance. Patients should work closely with their treatment team in order to determine the appropriate course of treatment based upon their unique needs.

What is the cost of Subutex treatment?

The treatment provided by Willamette Valley Comprehensive Treatment Center is highly individualized to meet the needs of each patient who walks through our doors. Our team of counselors, nurses, and physicians works closely with patients to create a customized plan of treatment that will help patients meet their goals while in our care. Because of this, the final cost of care can differ between patients. To learn more about the final cost of care, please contact Willamette Valley Comprehensive Treatment Center today.