Suboxone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Suboxone is right for me?

Commonly prescribed to individuals who are struggling with an addiction to opioids, Suboxone provides patients with relief from the physical symptoms of withdrawal while eliminating cravings for continued opioid use. The use of this medication also provides individuals with the mental clarity that is required in order to play a productive role in daily activities such as work, driving, and school. When taken as prescribed, use of Suboxone is entirely safe in the treatment of opioid dependency.

Western Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers provide patients with the option of utilizing various prescription medications within our medication assisted treatment program. Because of this, patients should work closely with our treatment team in order to determine the appropriate medication based upon their unique treatment goals and requirements.

Can I become addicted to Suboxone?

Suboxone does carry addictive properties along with its use as it consists of buprenorphine and naloxone as its active ingredients. However, when taken as prescribed under the close guidance of a licensed medical professional, the risk for addiction is low. Buprenorphine interacts with the same receptors in the brain that are typically activated by the use of opioids. Unlike opioids however, buprenorphine will not cause patients to experience feelings of relaxation and euphoria. Suboxone provides patients with the opportunity to productively play a role in daily activities, as well as their treatment, without interruption.

Will Suboxone show up on a drug screening?

Should patients be required to complete a drug screen while in treatment, a positive result will not occur due to the use of Suboxone. A specific test is required in order to detect buprenorphine, one of the active ingredients in Suboxone, within a person’s system. Additionally, use of this medication is legal when taken as prescribed within a licensed treatment center.

How long will I need to be on Suboxone?

While Suboxone is clinically proven safe for long-term use, individuals are not required to remain on this medication indefinitely. Patients are urged to work closely with their treatment provider in order to determine the length of time in which Suboxone will benefit them.

Does Suboxone interact with other drugs or medications?

Since Suboxone can interact with other over-the-counter medications, prescriptions, and substances, patients should openly discuss the use of other substances with their physician prior to incorporating the use of this medication within their treatment. Patients who are prescribed this medication should refrain from taking opioids and alcohol while in treatment due to the dangerous effects that can occur when taken with Suboxone.

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

Individuals who no longer wish to remain on Suboxone should work closely with their treatment team in order to gradually wean off of their medication. Individuals who abruptly cease their use of this medication place themselves at an increased risk for experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Once a patient gradually tapers off of his or her medication, he or she can then transition onto a different medication or remain opioid-free without the aid of a prescription. The staff of experts at Western Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers is here to assist patients in progressing in treatment in a safe and effective manner.

What is the cost of Suboxone treatment?

The treatment available through Western Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers is highly customized to meet the unique needs of each individual patient. Because of this, the final cost of care can vary between patients.

To learn more about the cost of care based upon your treatment requirements, please contact Western Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers today. Our team of experts is here to assist you in taking the first step towards a future free from the dangers of opioid abuse.