Subutex (Buprenorphine) Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Subutex is right for me?

The prescription medication Subutex is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of opioid dependency. If you are struggling with an addiction to opioids such as heroin, morphine, or painkillers, Subutex has proven to be effective in treating opioid abuse, as well as a safe option for care in overcoming addiction. When taken as prescribed and alongside the watchful eye of a medical professional in a medication assisted treatment program, Subutex can help reduce drug cravings and alleviate withdrawal symptoms.

To determine if Subutex is right for you, you should speak with your physician who can evaluate your treatment needs and health status. He or she can then guide you towards the best form of care for your needs.

Can I become addicted to Subutex?

Yes, since Subutex contains buprenorphine, addiction is possible. However, addiction is not probable within a medication assisted treatment program.

Will Subutex show up on a drug screening?

No. If you are taking Subutex, you will not yield a positive result from a standard drug test, only from a specialized test that specifically detects this medication. However, specialized tests are rarely used. Standard tests will be able to detect the presence of other opioids, such as heroin.

How long will I need to be on Subutex?

The period of time that you could take Subutex is going to depend on the decisions made between you and your physician with regards to your treatment needs. Some patients stay on Subutex for a longer period of time than others.

Does Subutex interact with other drugs or medications?

Yes. When you combine Subutex with specific drugs or medications, you can experience negative side effects that range from mild to severe. Speak with your physician to learn more about possible interactions that you might experience so he or she can offer you more details. In addition, if you are taking Subutex, you should abstain from the use of recreational drugs and alcohol.

You should always make your physician aware of all medications that you are taking prior to beginning a Subutex regimen so that he or she can provide you with ample warnings if necessary.

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

If you decide that Subutex is no longer for you, speak with your physician to begin weaning off the medication as opposed to stopping suddenly. It is common for patients to begin medication assisted treatment with Subutex and then switch to Suboxone for long-term maintenance. However, it is important to make these decisions with your physician.

What is the cost of Subutex Treatment?

All treatment offered at Milwaukee Comprehensive Treatment Centers is individualized for each patient so he or she gets all personal treatment needs met. This includes creating a treatment plan that is specific to those needs. As a result, the cost of care can vary based on a variety of factors. To talk more about your treatment needs and the price of care, contact one of our intake experts today.