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 Admonition (FDA) for the treatment of opioid dependency, Subutex is commonly prescribed to individuals who are battling addictions to opioids. When taken as directed and under the supervision of licensed professionals within a treatment center, use of Subutex is extremely safe. Subutex provides patients with relief from the physical symptoms of withdrawal and eliminates cravings for continued opioid use. There are multiple prescription medications available for patients to utilize within treatment at Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Center of Maine. Because of this, patients should work closely with our team of professionals in order to determine the appropriate medication based upon their individual goals and treatment requirements.

Can I become addicted to Subutex?

With buprenorphine as its active ingredient, Subutex does carry addictive properties along with its use. However, when Subutex is taken as directed within a medication-assisted treatment program, the risk for addiction is extremely minimal. Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Center of Maine closely monitor the administration of all medication to ensure the safety of each of our patients.

Will Subutex show up on a drug screening?

The use of Subutex will not cause patients to test positive should a drug screen be required during the course of treatment, as a specific test is required in order to detect the presence of buprenorphine within a person’s system. However, the use of opioids and other substances will appear on a drug screen, which is why patients should refrain from using substances during the course of treatment.

How long will I need to be on Subutex?

While some patients may be prescribed Subutex long-term, others may only utilize it for a shorter period of time. The length of time that a patient remains on this medication will be dependent upon his or her unique treatment goals and individual requirements. Patients are advised to work closely with their treatment provider in order to determine the length of time that Subutex will benefit them for.

Does Subutex interact with other drugs or medications?

Subutex can cause dangerous interactions when combined with other substances, prescriptions, and over-the-counter medications. Because of this, patients should refrain from taking any of these prior to speaking with their prescribing physician. Individuals who are prescribed Subutex should not take any recreational drugs and/or alcohol throughout the course of treatment due to the negative interactions that can take place.

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

Should a patient no longer wish to remain on Subutex, he or she should work closely with his or her treatment provider in order to safely taper off of this medication. Individuals who suddenly cease their use of Subutex may experience uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal. Once Subutex is completely out of a patient’s system, he or she can then transition onto a different medication or remain opioid-free without the aid of a prescription.

What is the cost of Subutex treatment?

The treatment available through Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Center of Maine is highly customizable to meet the individual requirements of each patient. Because of this, the final cost of care can vary between patients depending on a variety of variables. To learn more about the specific cost of care based upon your unique treatment requirements, please contact a member of our intake team today. Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Center of Maine is here to assist you or someone that you care for in developing a plan of treatment that can successfully lead you towards a life without opioid dependency.