Subutex (Buprenorphine) FAQ

How do I know if Subutex is right for me?

Subutex is a prescription medication that has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in treating individuals who are struggling with addictions to opioids. When taken as directed within a medication assisted treatment program, Subutex provides patients with relief from the physical symptoms of withdrawal while eliminating cravings for additional opioid use. Individuals who are interested in utilizing Subutex within their comprehensive plan of treatment should first consult with their treatment provider to verify that Subutex is the appropriate fit based upon their unique treatment needs.

Can I become addicted to Subutex?

Subutex consists of buprenorphine as its active ingredient, which carries addictive properties along with its use. Because of this, there is a risk for addiction when using Subutex. However, when taken as directed and under the guidance of a trained medical professional, the risk of abuse and addiction is extremely low.

Will Subutex show up on a drug screening?

The use of Subutex will not cause patients to test positive on a drug screen as a specific test is required to detect the presence of buprenorphine within a person’s system. However, should a patient abuse opioids or other substances during the course of treatment, he or she will test positive if a drug screen is required.

How long will I need to be on Subutex?

While some patients remain on Subutex for a short period of time, others will continue on it long-term. The length of time that Subutex will benefit you for will be dependent on your individual treatment needs and goals. By working closely with your treatment providers, you will be able to determine the length of time that this medication will positively benefit you for.

Does Subutex interact with other drugs or medications?

Because Subutex can negatively interact with other medications, substances, and prescriptions, it is imperative that patients refrain from using other substances until they discuss the potential interactions with their physician. Patients who are prescribed this medication should not use other recreational drugs and/or alcohol during the course of treatment due to the extremely dangerous side effects that can occur.

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

Individuals who no longer wish to remain on Subutex should work closely with their treatment provider in order to safely taper off of this medication. When the use of Subutex suddenly ceases, individuals can experience the discomforts of withdrawal. By gradually tapering off of their dosage, patients are able to safely transition to the next stage of the recovery process. Once Subutex has left a person’s system, he or she can then work closely with their treatment team in order to determine if remaining medication-free or transitioning onto a different medication is the appropriate route to take.

What is the cost of Subutex treatment?

The treatment available at Brattleboro Comprehensive Treatment Center is highly customized to meet the unique needs of each individual patient. Because of this, the cost of care can vary between patients depending on their unique needs. Please contact our intake team today to learn about the cost of care based upon your needs as well as the other treatment options that we offer. We look forward to helping you progress towards the healthy, happy, and recovered life that you deserve to be living.

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