Suboxone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Suboxone is right for me?

Suboxone is prescribed to those who seek relief from the physical symptoms of withdrawal. When taken as directed within a medication assisted treatment program, Suboxone also reduces cravings for continued opioid use. Because there are other treatment options available, individuals who are considering taking Suboxone should first consult with a medical professional to ensure that this medication is the appropriate choice based upon their unique treatment requirements and goals.

Can I become addicted to Suboxone?

Like many medications, Suboxone can lead to tolerance and addiction if taken outside of its recommended guidelines. However, when taken as directed within treatment, Suboxone is an extremely safe option for individuals who are working to overcome opioid addictions. Suboxone is comprised of a combination of naloxone and buprenorphine that work to eliminate the physical discomforts of withdrawal. Buprenorphine works with the same receptors in the brain that are typically activated when an individual abuses opioids. However, buprenorphine will not cause patients to experience cognitive impairments, allowing them to play active roles in daily actives. The combination of both ingredients provides patients with the mental clarity that is required in order to progress in treatment.

Will Suboxone show up on a drug screening?

Patients who are prescribed Suboxone will not test positive should a drug screen be required during the course of treatment. Patients who are enrolled in a licensed medication assisted treatment program and obtain a prescription for Suboxone under the guidance of a trained medical professional can legally consume this medication. However, patients should be made aware that the use of other opioids or substances will cause a positive result if a drug screen is administered.

How long will I need to be on Suboxone?

The length of time that a patient remains on Suboxone will be determined by the patient’s individual treatment requirements as well as the recommendations from his or her treatment team. While some individuals will remain on Suboxone long-term, other patients will only utilize it for a short period of time. The short- and long-term use of Suboxone has been clinically proven to be safe, which allows patients to remain on this medication for as long as it will benefit them. In addition, the effectiveness of Suboxone will not decrease over time.

Does Suboxone interact with other drugs or medications?

Patients who wish to incorporate Suboxone into their treatment plan should first discuss the potential interactions that can take place when this medication is taken with other prescriptions and/or over-the-counter medications. Because negative interactions can take place between Suboxone and other substances, patients should openly discuss the use of other medications with their physician prior to beginning this medication. In addition, patients who are prescribed Suboxone should refrain from using opioids and alcohol. Lastly, patients should consult with their physician prior to utilizing any other medications once Suboxone treatment has begun.

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

While the use of Suboxone is approved safe for long-term use, patients who begin treatment on this medication are not required to remain on it for the rest of their lives. By working closely with their treatment providers, patients can safely wean off of their medication once enough progress has been made in treatment, or if it is decided that another medication may benefit them more. Because withdrawal symptoms can take place if the use of Suboxone suddenly ceases, patients are urged to work closely with their treatment teams in order to properly taper off of this medication. Based upon the goals of each individual patient, once Suboxone is no longer in a person’s system, he or she may transition onto a different prescription or remain medication-free.

What is the cost of Suboxone treatment?

Western Michigan Comprehensive Treatment Center provides patients with highly individualized care to meet the unique needs of each patient. Because of this, the final cost of care can differ between patients based upon a variety of factors. To learn more about the treatment that we offer and the cost of care, please contact our intake team today.