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) in the treatment of addiction, Subutex is prescribed to individuals who are struggling with an opioid dependency. This medication is extremely safe when taken as directed under the close supervision of a licensed medical professional. Subutex provides patients with relief from the physical symptoms of withdrawal while eliminating cravings for continued opioid use. Subutex is one of several medications that are available within Western Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers’ medication assisted treatment program. Due to this, patients should work closely with our medical team in order to determine the appropriate medication based upon their unique set of treatment requirements.

Can I become addicted to Subutex?

With buprenorphine as its active ingredient, Subutex can be addictive. However, when Subutex is taken as prescribed, the risk for addiction is extremely minimal. Western Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers closely monitors the administration of all medications to decrease the chances for abuse and addiction.

Will Subutex show up on a drug screening?

Patients who are prescribed Subutex will not test positive on a drug screen, as a specific test is required in order to detect the presence of buprenorphine. If a patient abuses opioids or other substances while in treatment, he or she will then test positive on a standard drug panel.

How long will I need to be on Subutex?

The length of time that a patient takes Subutex will vary based upon his or her unique treatment progress and goals. Some patients may remain on Subutex long-term, while others may only utilize it for a short period of time. By working closely with their treatment provider, patients are able to determine the appropriate length of time for which Subutex will benefit them.

Does Subutex interact with other drugs or medications?

Prior to incorporating Subutex into a treatment plan, patients should first notify their treatment provider of any over-the-counter medications, prescription medications, and other substances that they are taking, as dangerous interactions can occur when certain substances are combined with Subutex. Patients who are prescribed this medication should refrain from alcohol and any other recreational drugs while in treatment.

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

Patients who no longer wish to take Subutex should work closely with their treatment team in order to safely wean off of their medication. Patients who abruptly cease use of Subutex are at an increased risk for experiencing symptoms of withdrawal. Once Subutex is completely out of an individual’s system, he or she can either remain opioid-free without the aid of a prescription medication or transition onto a different medication for the remainder of their treatment.

What is the cost of Subutex treatment?

Treatment at Western Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers is highly customized in order to meet the unique needs of each patient. Due to the personalized nature of our treatment services, the final cost of care will vary among patients. To learn more about the treatment options that we offer, and to get a more detailed understanding of the cost of care based upon your specific needs, please contact Western Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers today. We are here to provide patients with the tools, education, and care that are required for them successfully progress toward an opioid-free future.