Suboxone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Suboxone is right for me?

Suboxone is an extremely safe and effective medication prescribed to individuals who are struggling with addictions to opioids. Suboxone prevents the symptoms of withdrawal from taking place and decreases cravings for additional opioid use. Taking this medication while engaged in a medication assisted treatment program allows men and women to focus on their recovery without the physical side effects of withdrawal. A qualified professional can assess your specific needs and health background and help you determine if incorporating Suboxone into your medication assisted treatment plan is the best option for you.

Can I become addicted to Suboxone?

Since Suboxone includes buprenorphine and naloxone as its main components, there is a risk for abuse because of these ingredients’ addictive properties. However, when taken as directed and under the supervision of a qualified medical professional, Suboxone is extremely safe and effective. Buprenorphine works with the same receptors in the brain that are normally activated by opioids, yet no euphoric high is produced. Because of this, the buprenorphine portion of Suboxone prevents patients from experiencing the painful symptoms of withdrawal, as well as cravings for additional opioids. Once the physical symptoms of withdrawal are alleviated, patients can focus on their recovery.

Will Suboxone show up on a drug screening?

Suboxone will not show up on a standard drug screen should a patient be required to take one during the course of treatment. Suboxone’s main active ingredient, buprenorphine, will only create a positive result on a drug screen if a specially designed test is utilized. When taken within a medication assisted treatment program, Suboxone is a legal prescription. However, a positive result will show up on a drug screen should a patient attempt to consume other opioids or drugs during treatment.

How long will I need to be on Suboxone?

Extensive research has confirmed that Suboxone is safe for both short- and long-term use. Because of this, many patients remain on Suboxone for a long time while others are prescribed it for a shorter period of time. By speaking with your physician regarding your individual treatment needs, you can gain a better idea of the length of time in which you will be prescribed Suboxone. Since Suboxone provides patients with a clear mind by reducing withdrawal symptoms as well as lowering cravings for additional opioid use, patients are able to progress in their treatment while meeting their daily obligations (such as attending work and school). The effects of Suboxone do not decrease over time, allowing patients to continue this medication until it is no longer needed.

Does Suboxone interact with other drugs or medications?

Since Suboxone can negatively interact with other medications, it is important to openly discuss the use of other medications with your physician prior to incorporating Suboxone into your medication assisted treatment plan. Patients should refrain from the use of opioids, such as heroin or prescription painkillers, and alcohol while taking Suboxone due to the extremely dangerous reactions that can take place. Patients are also advised to speak with their physician prior to taking any over-the-counter medications to confirm that no adverse effects will take place.

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

Although Subxone has been approved for long-term use, patients are not required to take it long-term. If you and your physician determine that Suboxone is no longer the medication for you or that you have progressed enough in your recovery to safely wean off of Suboxone, you can do so under the guidance of your treatment team. Depending on your individual treatment goals and needs, once Suboxone is completely out of your system you can either transition onto a different medication or remain opioid-free without the aid of medication all together.

What is the cost of Suboxone treatment?

Madison Comprehensive Treatment Centers provides patients with the highest level of individualized care available. Because the medications prescribed and therapeutic inventions utilized can vary between patients depending on their specific treatment requirements, the cost of care can differ between patients as well.

To learn more about the specific cost of care based on your individual needs, as well as more information about the treatment available at Madison Comprehensive Treatment Centers, please contact our knowledgeable intake team today.