Subutex (Buprenorphine) Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Subutex is right for me?

Subutex is prescribed to individuals who are struggling with a dependency on opioids. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of opioid addiction, Subutex is a safe treatment option when taken as directed and within a licensed treatment center. The use of Subutex provides patients with relief from the physical discomforts that are often experienced during the process of withdrawal while simultaneously eliminating cravings for continued opioid use. Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Centers of Utah provide patients with multiple options for medications that can be prescribed within treatment. Because of this, it is extremely important that patients work closely with their treatment providers in order to determine the appropriate medication based upon their unique treatment requirements.

Can I become addicted to Subutex?

Buprenorphine is the active ingredient in Subutex, which possesses addictive properties. Because of this, there is an increased risk for addiction when taking this medication. However, when patients take Subutex as prescribed and under the close supervision of an addiction treatment expert, the risk of abuse and addiction is extremely low. The staff at Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Centers of Utah closely monitors the administration of all medication to ensure the safety of our patients throughout the course of treatment.

Will Subutex show up on a drug screening?

Should a patient be required to complete a drug screen while taking Subutex, he or she will not produce a positive result as a specific test is required in order to detect the presence of buprenorphine within a person’s system. However, patients should be aware that the use of opioids and other substances may result in a positive test result.

How long will I need to be on Subutex?

The length of time that a patient remains on Subutex for will be dependent upon his or her individual treatment requirements. While some individuals will only utilize this medication for a short period of time, others may remain on it long-term. Patients are urged to work closely with their treatment providers in order to determine the appropriate length of time that Subutex will benefit them for.

Does Subutex interact with other drugs or medications?

As the use of Subutex can cause dangerous interactions when taken with other substances, prescriptions, and over-the-counter medications, patients should first discuss its use with their treatment providers. Individuals who are prescribed this medication should refrain from using alcohol and/or recreational drugs during the course of treatment due to the adverse effects that can take place when combined with Subutex.

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

If a patient no longer wishes to remain on Subutex, he or she should work closely with their treatment provider in order to safely wean off of their medication. Patients who suddenly cease use of Subutex are at an increased risk for experiencing symptoms of withdrawal. Once Subutex is out of an individual’s system, he or she may then transition onto a different medication or remain opioid-free without the assistance of medications.

What is the cost of Subutex treatment?

Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Centers of Utah provide patients with a highly customizable treatment experience. Because of this, the final cost of care will vary based upon the treatment that is provided to each of our patients. To learn more about the cost of care based upon your individual treatment needs, please contact a member of our intake team today. We look forward to assisting you as you take the first steps toward a future without addiction.