Subutex (Buprenorphine) Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Subutex is right for me?

Approved for the treatment of opioid addiction by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Subutex provides patients with relief from the physical symptoms that accompany opioid withdrawal. In addition to supplying much-needed relief, this medication also eliminates cravings for continued opioid use while providing patients with ability to focus on the remainder of their recovery with a clear mind. When taken as prescribed, Subutex is an extremely safe treatment option for those battling an addiction to opioids. There are multiple medications available at Winston-Salem Comprehensive Treatment Center, which is why patients should work closely with their treatment provider in order to determine the ideal medication based upon their treatment requirements.

Can I become addicted to Subutex?

Subutex does carry addictive properties along with its use. However, when taken as prescribed and under the close supervision of a licensed medical professional, the chances for addiction are extremely low. Winston-Salem Comprehensive Treatment Center closely monitors the prescribing and administration of all medications at our treatment center, which dramatically lowers the risk for abuse.

Will Subutex show up on a drug screening?

Individuals who are required to complete a drug screen while in treatment will not test positive while taking Subutex. Buprenorphine, the active ingredient in Subutex, requires a specific test in order to detect its presence within a person’s system. However, should a patient abuse opioids or other substances while in treatment, he or she will test positive on a standard drug screen.

How long will I need to be on Subutex?

Although the use of Subutex is approved as safe for long-term use, patients are not required to remain on this medication indefinitely. The length of time that a patient will take Subutex will vary based upon his or her unique set of treatment requirements. By working closely with our treatment team, patients are given the opportunity to customize a plan of treatment that matches their goals and requirements while receiving care.

Does Subutex interact with other drugs or medications?

Since dangerous interactions can occur when other prescriptions and over-the-counter medications are combined with Subutex, patients should make their treatment provider aware of any substances that he or she may be taking. Patients who are prescribed Subutex should refrain from consuming alcohol and/or recreational drugs during the course of treatment due to the hazardous interactions that can take place.

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 team in order to safely taper of off their dosage. Individuals who abruptly stop taking Subutex place themselves at an increased risk for experiencing symptoms of withdrawal. As soon as Subutex is out of a patient’s system, he or she can either transition onto a different medication or remain opioid-free without the assistance of a prescription.

What is the cost of Subutex treatment?

Treatment through Winston-Salem Comprehensive Treatment Center is highly customized to meet the unique set of requirements for each individual patient. Because of this fact, the final cost of care can vary patient-to-patient. To learn more about Subutex, as well as the other treatment options that we offer, please contact Winston-Salem Comprehensive Treatment Center today. We are here to provide you or someone that you love with the assistance and care needed to defeat an addiction to opioids.