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 a treatment option for individuals who are struggling with an addiction to opioids like heroin, morphine, or prescription painkillers. When taken as directed under the supervision of a trained medical professional, Subutex is a safe and effective treatment option. Patients who are prescribed Subutex will experience a decrease in physical symptoms of withdrawal while also experiencing relief from cravings for additional opioid use.

By working closely with your treatment provider, you can determine if Subutex is the appropriate medication for you based on your individual treatment needs and goals.

Can I become addicted to Subutex?

Subutex utilizes buprenorphine as its active component which carries addictive properties along with its use. However, when taken as directed and under the guidance of a trained medical professional, the risk of becoming addicted to buprenorphine is extremely low.

Will Subutex show up on a drug screening?

Subutex will not show up on a standard drug screen as a specific test is required in order to detect buprenorphine in the system. Other opioids, however, will show up on a drug panel should a patient attempt to abuse opioids during the course of treatment.

How long will I need to be on Subutex?

The length of time for which a patient will use Subutex will be dependent upon his or her individual treatment needs. While some patients will only utilize Subutex for a short period of time, others many remain on it long-term. By working closely with your treatment provider, you will be able to determine how long Subutex will be of benefit to you.

Does Subutex interact with other drugs or medications?

Since Subutex can cause negative interactions when taken with other medications, it is important to openly discuss the use of other prescription medications, recreational substances, and over-the-counter medications with your physician prior to incorporating Subutex into your treatment plan. Patients who are prescribed Subutex should avoid other opioids, substances, and alcohol during the course of treatment due to the extremely dangerous effects that can take place.

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

If a patient wishes to cease use of Subutex, he or she should work closely with his or her physician in order to safely wean off of the medication to avoid experiencing symptoms of withdrawal. It is common for patients to begin their treatment on Subutex but later transition onto Suboxone for long-term treatment maintenance. By working closely with your treatment team, you will be able to determine the appropriate course of action based on your individual needs.

What is the cost of Subutex treatment?

The treatment provided by Anchorage Treatment Solutions is customized to meet the requirements of each individual patient who walks through our doors. Our team of physicians, nurses, and counselors work alongside patients in order to develop a treatment plan that will successfully help them progress towards lasting recovery. To learn more about the treatment that we offer, as well as the final cost of care, please contact Anchorage Treatment Solutions today.