Suboxone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Suboxone is right for me?

When taken as a part of a medication assisted treatment program, Suboxone is an extremely safe and effective option for individuals struggling with addictions to opioids. Suboxone provides relief from the painful symptoms associated with withdrawal and diminishes cravings for additional opioid use. By consulting with the highly qualified medical team at Wausau Comprehensive Treatment Center, you can gain a better understanding if Suboxone is the appropriate medication to meet your individual needs.

Can I become addicted to Suboxone?

Like other medications, there is a risk of abuse when taking Suboxone. However, when patients take Suboxone as prescribed within a medication assisted treatment program, the risk for abuse is extremely low. Buprenorphine and naloxone are the main components of Suboxone and interact with the same receptors in the brain that are typically activated by prescription painkillers, morphine, and heroin. Buprenorphine provides patients with relief from cravings for additional opioids, as well as a decrease in the symptoms associated with withdrawal. Suboxone provides patients with the mental clarity required to focus on recovery without experiencing the euphoric high associated with opioid use.

Will Suboxone show up on a drug screening?

A positive result will not take place should an individual be required to complete a drug screen while prescribed Suboxone. A specific test is required in order to detect buprenorphine (the primary active ingredient in Suboxone) within a person’s system. It is important for patients to remember that Suboxone is legal when prescribed within a licensed medication assisted treatment program.

How long will I need to be on Suboxone?

The length of time in which a patient will continue taking Suboxone will be a decision that needs to be made between a patient and his or her physician. Extensive research has proven that Suboxone is both safe and effective for short- or long-term use. While some patients only continue taking Suboxone for a short period of time, others will remain on it long-term. Suboxone provides patients with the ability to take part in their daily lives (such as attending work) as the prescription does not produce the same euphoric feelings that are often associated with opioid use. Patients experience a reduction in opioid cravings and uncomfortable symptoms often associated with the withdrawal process that would otherwise prevent healthy functioning. The effectiveness of Subxone does not diminish over time, which also allows patients to continue taking it as long as deemed necessary.

Does Suboxone interact with other drugs or medications?

As is the case with the majority of prescription medications, there are risks of drug interactions associated with taking Suboxone. Because of this, patients are urged to openly discuss the use of other medications prior to incorporating Suboxone into their treatment regimen in order to avoid any adverse effects from taking place. When combined with other opioids including heroin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, or codeine, Suboxone can cause strong negative reactions. Patients are also advised to refrain from using other medications or substances unless approved by their physician.

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

While Suboxone is safe to take for long-term use, patients are not required to continue using for a long period of time unless deemed appropriate. If enough progression has been made within your treatment or if you and your physician determine that another medication would better suit your individual needs, safely weaning off of Suboxone or transitioning onto a different medication can take place if that is your preference.

What is the cost of Suboxone treatment?

The treatment provided at Wausau Comprehensive Treatment Center is extremely individualized for each patient we work with. The cost of care can vary between patients depending on the medication prescribed, the other therapeutic interventions utilized, and the payment method used. To discuss the final cost of care at our center, please contact our dedicated intake experts today.