Subutex (Buprenorphine) Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Subutex is right for me?

Approved for use by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Subutex is a safe and effective option for individuals who are struggling with an addiction to opioids. When taken as directed within a medication assisted treatment program, Subutex can reduce cravings for additional opioid use as well as prevent withdrawal symptoms from taking place once individuals have ceased use of opioids.

By consulting with one of the highly qualified medical professionals at Wausau Comprehensive Treatment Center, you can determine if Subutex is the appropriate medication to incorporate into your treatment plan based on your individual needs and medical history.

Can I become addicted to Subutex?

The active ingredient in Subutex is buprenorphine which does have addictive properties that can lead to addiction. However, the risk of becoming addicted to Subutex is extremely low when taken under the close supervision of a medical professional within a medication assisted treatment program.

Will Subutex show up on a drug screening?

The drug tests that are typically used to detect the presence of substances will not detect Subutex within a person’s system should an individual be required to take a drug test during the course of treatment. Specific tests are required in order to detect buprenorphine within a person’s system. However, should an individual attempt to abuse opioids or other substances during the course of treatment, a positive result is likely to show up.

How long will I need to be on Subutex?

The length of time in which a patient will continue taking Subutex for will vary patient to patient pending individual treatment needs. While some patients will only be prescribed Subutex for a short period of time, others will continue utilizing Subutex long-term. By working closely with your physician and counselor, you can determine the length of time in which Subutex will benefit you.

Does Subutex interact with other drugs or medications?

Since Subutex can negatively interact with other medications and substances, it is important that patients openly discuss the use of other medications with their physician prior to incorporating Subutex into their treatment plans. Individuals who are prescribed Subutex should refrain from consuming alcohol and drugs due to the extremely dangerous side effects that can take place. By discussing the potential side effects that can occur while taking Subutex, you will be able to determine if Subutex is the appropriate fit based on your individual needs.

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

Should an individual decide to cease use of Subutex, it is important that he or she closely work with his or her physician to safely wean off of the medication to avoid withdrawal symptoms. Many patients will begin treatment taking Subutex and then transition onto Suboxone for long-term maintenance. By working closely with your physician and counselor, you will be able to determine the most effective treatment to meet your recovery goals.

What is the cost of Subutex treatment?

The treatment provided by the qualified professionals at Wausau Comprehensive Treatment Center is highly individualized in order to provide patients with the personalized treatment required to achieve and maintain long-term recovery. Because treatment is individualized and will vary between patients, the final cost of care can vary as well.

If you or someone you love would benefit from the treatment options available through Wausau Comprehensive Treatment Center, please contact one of our intake experts today to learn more about the final cost of care based on your individualized needs.