Suboxone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Suboxone is right for me?

When taken as prescribed, the use of Suboxone provides patients with relief from the physical discomforts that are associated with the process of opioid withdrawal. Suboxone also eliminates cravings for additional opioid use without causing patients to experience cognitive disruptions or impairments. Because there are multiple treatment options available through North West Wisconsin Comprehensive Treatment Center, it is imperative that patients work closely with their treatment team to ensure that the appropriate medication is prescribed to meet their individual and unique treatment needs. When Suboxone is taken as directed within a licensed treatment center, the use of this medication is extremely safe and effective in the treatment of opioid addiction.

Can I become addicted to Suboxone?

If taken outside of its prescribed guidelines, the use of Suboxone can cause an addiction to develop. However, when taken as directed and under the close guidance of a trained medical professional, the use of this medication is extremely safe and effective. Suboxone eliminates the physical symptoms of withdrawal by utilizing a combination of naloxone and buprenorphine. Buprenorphine interacts with the same receptors in the brain that are normally activated when an individual abuses opioids. Unlike the use of opioids, however, buprenorphine will not cause patients to experience a euphoric high, which allows individuals to remain alert and play active roles in daily obligations.

Will Suboxone show up on a drug screening?

Patients who are prescribed Suboxone and are required to complete a drug screen during the course of treatment will not test positive on a drug test. A specific test is required in order to detect the presence of buprenorphine within a person’s system. Additionally, it is important to know that the use of Suboxone is legal when taken within a licensed treatment center.

How long will I need to be on Suboxone?

Although the use of Suboxone is approved to be safe long-term, individuals are not required to remain on this medication indefinitely. The length of time that a patient will continue treatment with Suboxone will be dependent upon his or her treatment requirements and goals. By working closely with your treatment provider, you will be able to determine the length of time in which Suboxone will benefit your treatment progress. Suboxone is clinically proven to be safe for long-term use, which allows individuals to remain on this medication for as long as necessary.

Does Suboxone interact with other drugs or medications?

The use of Suboxone can negatively interact with other medications, which is why patients must first discuss the use of other substances, prescriptions, and over-the-counter medications with their physician prior to incorporating this medication into their plans of treatment. Individuals who are prescribed Suboxone should not use heroin, codeine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, and/or alcohol during the course of treatment due to the dangerous adverse effects that can take place.

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

While the use of Suboxone is approved to be safe for long-term use, patients are not required to remain on this medication long-term. By closely working with your treatment team, you will be able to safely wean off of this medication and either remain opioid free without the assistance of medication or transition onto a different medication. Should the use of Suboxone suddenly cease, patients may experience painful withdrawal symptoms, which is why tapering off of this medication is the safest way to return a person’s system to a truly neutral state.

What is the cost of Suboxone treatment?

The treatment available through North West Wisconsin Comprehensive Treatment Center is customized to meet the unique requirements and goals of each of our patients. Because of this, the final cost of care can vary patient to patient. To learn more about the cost of treatment based upon your individual treatment requirements, please contact a member of our intake team today. North West Wisconsin Comprehensive Treatment Center is here to help you enjoy a healthy, happy, and opioid-free life.