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 prescribed to treat opioid dependence. When taken within a medication assisted treatment program, Subutex safely eliminates cravings for additional opioid use while diminishing symptoms of withdrawal. By consulting with a medical professional, you will be able to determine if the use of Subutex is the correct treatment option for you. Because there are multiple prescription options available within medication assisted treatment, patients should work closely with their treatment provider to ensure that the appropriate medication is prescribed to treat their unique needs.

Can I become addicted to Subutex?

Because Subutex includes buprenorphine as its active ingredient, which possesses addictive proprieties along with its use, there is a risk for addiction when taking this medication. However, when Subutex is taken as prescribed and under the close supervision of a trained medical professional, the chances of becoming addicted are extremely low.

Will Subutex show up on a drug screening?

Patients who are required to complete a drug screen while taking Subutex will not test positive. The drug tests that are typically administered will not detect the presence of buprenorphine, as a specific test is required to do so. However, drug screens will detect the use of opioids and other substances, which is why patients should refrain from using illegal substances in general.

How long will I need to be on Subutex?

The length of time that patients will remain on Subutex will vary based upon their unique treatment requirements. While some individuals will only be prescribed this medication for a short period of time, other individuals will remain on it for a longer period of time. By working closely with your treatment team, you will be able to determine the length of time in which Subutex will benefit you for.

Does Subutex interact with other drugs or medications?

Subutex can negatively interact with other medications and substances, resulting in side effects that can range from moderate to severe. Because of this, patients who are prescribed Subutex should notify their physician of any other prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and/or substances that they may be taking prior to incorporating Subutex into their treatment plans. In addition, patients who take Subutex should refrain from using any recreational drugs 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 taper off of their medication. Because symptoms of withdrawal can take place should the use of Subutex suddenly cease, patients must follow the guidelines of their treatment provider in order to wean off of their medication safely. Once Subutex is completely out of a patient’s system, he or she can then discuss transitioning onto a different medication or remaining medication-free.

What is the cost of Subutex treatment?

The treatment available through Western Michigan Comprehensive Treatment Center is highly customized to meet the requirements of each patient who walks through our doors. Because treatment is individualized, the final cost of care can vary between patients. To learn more about the treatment options that we offer and what the cost of care may be based upon your treatment requirements, please contact us today.