Subutex (Buprenorphine) Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Subutex is right for me?

Approved for the treatment of opioid addiction by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Subutex is a safe treatment option prescribed to individuals at North West Wisconsin Comprehensive Treatment Center. When taken as prescribed, Subutex provides patients with relief from the physical discomforts that often take place during the process of withdrawal. In addition to alleviating the physical symptoms of withdrawal, Subutex also eliminates cravings for continued opioid use. There are multiple medications that can be prescribed within treatment at North West Wisconsin Comprehensive Treatment Center, which is why patients who are interested in Subutex should work closely with their treatment provider to confirm that the use of this medication is the appropriate fit with their individual treatment needs.

Can I become addicted to Subutex?

Because buprenorphine is Subutex’s active ingredient, which has addictive properties, there is a risk for addiction when taking this medication. However, when Subutex is taken as prescribed within a licensed treatment center such as North West Wisconsin Comprehensive Treatment Center, the use of this medication is extremely safe and the likelihood of addiction is minimal.

Will Subutex show up on a drug screening?

The use of Subutex will not cause individuals to test positive on a drug screen as a specific test is required to detect the presence of buprenorphine within a person’s system. Patients who are prescribed Subutex should refrain from using opioids and illegal substances, as these will cause a positive result to take place.

How long will I need to be on Subutex?

The length of time that an individual will utilize Subutex for will be dependent upon his or her unique treatment needs. While some patients may remain on this medication short-term, others may utilize it for a longer period of time. By working closely with your treatment provider, you will be able to determine the length of time that Subutex will positively benefit you for.

Does Subutex interact with other drugs or medications?

The use of Subutex can cause moderate to severe side effects when combined with other prescriptions and substances. Because of this, patients should openly communicate the use of any other prescriptions, substances, and/or over-the-counter medications with their treatment provider prior to incorporating Subutex into their treatment plan to avoid experiencing any potentially dangerous side effects. Individuals who are prescribed this mediation should refrain from using alcohol or recreational drugs during the course of treatment due to the adverse effects that can also take place.

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 follow the guidelines put in place by their treatment provider in order to safely wean off of their medication. Should the use of Subutex suddenly cease, individuals are at an increased risk for experiencing the physical symptoms of withdrawal. Once all traces of Subutex have exited a person’s system, individuals can then either remain opioid-free without the assistance of medication or transition onto a different medication.

What is the cost of Subutex treatment?

The treatment provided through North West Wisconsin Comprehensive Treatment Center is highly customized to meet the unique needs of each individual patient. Because of this, the final cost of care can vary based upon the care that is received by each of our patients. To learn more about Subutex, the other treatment options available, and the final cost of care pending your individual needs, please contact our intake team today. We look forward to assisting you in safely breaking free from the dangerous cycle of opioid addiction.