Suboxone FAQ

How do I know if Suboxone is right for me?

Suboxone is a medication that is proven to be effective and safe in treating opioid addictions. If you have found yourself struggling with an opioid addiction, the utilization of Suboxone within a medication assisted treatment program can aid you in stopping the abuse of this substance so that you do not experience drug cravings or withdrawal symptoms. It is highly encouraged that you speak with your physician about your treatment needs to determine if Suboxone is right for you.

Can I become addicted to Suboxone?

Yes, Suboxone can be habit-forming, as it is a strong medication that causes dependency when abused. Keep in mind that, despite this fact, the use of Suboxone within a medication assisted treatment program is safe. Suboxone, made up of buprenorphine and naloxone, works to block the receptors in the brain that would have otherwise been stimulated by other opioids. However, the same high that would have been produced by those opioids does not develop while on Suboxone. As a result, this medication is effective in helping patients live up to their daily responsibilities and live a normal life free from cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

Will Suboxone show up on a drug screening?

Suboxone will not show up on standard drug screenings, however, the use of other opioids will. This medication will cause a positive result if a specialized test is being used, but the use of such tests is uncommon. If you are participating in a medication assisted treatment program, your use of Suboxone is legal.

How long will I need to be on Suboxone?

Only you and your physician can make the decision on how long you will be on Suboxone. Research states that Suboxone is safe to use for short and long periods of time. As a result, some patients take it longer than others, but again, this depends on their needs. A major benefit of Suboxone is that it prevents the onset of drug cravings and withdrawal symptoms, while allowing patients to live a life free of mental cloudiness. Suboxone’s effectiveness remains consistent over time, which allows patients to take it for the length of time that both they and their physicians see fit.

Does Suboxone interact with other drugs or medications?

Like with all medications, you should always tell your physician what you are taking prior to starting a Suboxone program. Suboxone can cause dangerous drug interactions when combined with other opioids, such as heroin, oxycodone, codeine, hydrocodone, and alcohol. Those who are on Suboxone should abstain from the use of sleeping pills, narcotic painkillers, and sedatives. For more information on other medications and their possible interactions, consult with your physician.

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

Suboxone can be taken for short or long periods of time, so if you are interested in no longer taking Suboxone, all you need to do is speak with your physician. He or she can help you determine if you have progressed far enough in your recovery to stop taking Suboxone, or if you are ready to taper off and begin a different medication. Depending on your needs, you can either stay opioid-free, or switch to a medication that can help you for the long-term.

What is the cost of Suboxone treatment?

Treatment provided at Milwaukee Comprehensive Treatment Centers is an incredibly unique experience that is individualized to each patient. Treatment options include the use of medications like Suboxone, therapy sessions, and additional services. Based on your treatment needs, your cost for care will be specific to the program that you build for yourself. To talk more about the cost of Suboxone treatment, contact an intake specialist today.

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