Suboxone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Suboxone is right for me?

Suboxone is a prescription medication that has been deemed safe and effective for the treatment of those who are battling an opioid addiction. If you have become dependent on an opioid, utilizing Suboxone as part of a medication assisted treatment program can help you put an end to your opioid abuse without going through the withdrawal symptoms or cravings that come with the cessation of use. To determine if Suboxone is right for you, speak with your treatment provider who can evaluate your treatment needs and recommend the appropriate forms of care for you.

Can I become addicted to Suboxone?

Yes. Suboxone contains buprenorphine as its primary ingredient, which can cause addiction and tolerance to develop if abused. However, when Suboxone is consumed within a licensed medication assisted treatment program, it is safe and effective to use. The buprenorphine in Suboxone is effective in triggering the same receptors in the brain that are stimulated by the presence of heroin, prescription pain medications, and other substances, however, does not cause an individual to become high. Additionally, Suboxone also contains naloxone, which wards off the potential for abuse and overdose. Both medications are effective in helping you experience a decrease in withdrawal symptoms and further cravings for use.

Will Suboxone show up on a drug screening?

Suboxone will not cause a drug test to turn positive, as the standard drug tests used do not detect this medication. Buprenorphine, the active ingredient in Suboxone, will be detected on a test that is specifically designed to pick up this substance. However, if you are enrolled in a medication assisted treatment program and a doctor has prescribed you Suboxone, your use is not illegal.

How long will I need to be on Suboxone?

You and your doctor will be able to determine the period of time that you will take Suboxone. Extended research has proven that Suboxone is effective and safe for both short- and long-term use. While some individuals take Suboxone for a few months prior to tapering off, others continue to use it for years. Suboxone is effective in blocking the withdrawal symptoms and cravings that would otherwise keep you from being able to obtain a peace of mind. Therefore, through the use of this medication, you can continue going to school, driving a car, engaging in therapy, and living up to your daily responsibilities. The effectiveness of Suboxone does not erode over time, meaning that you can continue to use Suboxone until you are prepared to stop.

Does Suboxone interact with other drugs or medications?

As with other prescription medications, you should be honest with your doctor in regards to the medications you are consuming prior to starting on Suboxone. The use of Suboxone can lead to a number of dangerous side effects when consumed with other opioids like heroin, hydrocodone, oxycodone, and codeine, as well as alcohol. As for other medications and how they might interact with Suboxone, speak with your doctor so that he or she can help you proceed safely.

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

Even though Suboxone is approved for safe long-term use, beginning on a Suboxone program does not mean that you will be required to take it for the remainder of your life. If you and your doctor decide that Suboxone is no longer the most appropriate medication for you, or if you have moved far enough along in your recovery that you are prepared to taper off of it fully, you can begin doing so with smaller doses of Suboxone until your body is cleared of this medication. While it depends on your treatment goals, you can either stay opioid-free, or switch to another medication for maintenance.

What is the cost of Suboxone treatment?

Treatment at Cape Cod Comprehensive Treatment Centers is uniquely personalized to meet all of the needs of each patient who comes through our doors. Our patients’ experiences include the use of medications and the implementation of numerous therapy sessions, all of which will vary based on needs. As a result, the cost of Suboxone treatment will vary. To talk more about your needs, and to learn how much your medication assisted treatment might cost you, please contact one of our treatment specialists today.