Suboxone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Suboxone is right for me?

Prescribed to individuals struggling with an opioid addiction, Suboxone is a safe and effective treatment option for many. When utilized within a medication assisted treatment program, Suboxone can aid individuals in lowering opioid cravings, while avoiding the withdrawal symptoms that can take place once opioid use has ceased. By discussing the use of Suboxone with a qualified healthcare professional, you can learn about treatment options and decide if Suboxone is right for you.

Can I become addicted to Suboxone?

Like many other medications, there is a risk of tolerance and addiction if Suboxone is abused. When given within a medication assisted treatment program however, Suboxone is an extremely safe and effective method of treatment. Comprised of buprenorphine and naloxone, Suboxone allows patients the ability to focus on their treatment without experiencing the painful symptoms associated with withdrawal. Buprenorphine works by interacting with the same brain receptors that are normally activated by opioids without producing the euphoric high that is associated with these drugs. The withdrawal symptoms and cravings for additional opioids are diminished with the use of Suboxone.

Will Suboxone show up on a drug screening?

Suboxone will not show up on a standard drug screen if one is required to be taken during treatment. Since Suboxone includes buprenorphine as its active component, a drug screen that is specifically designed to detect buprenorphine is required in order to produce a positive result. The use of Suboxone is legal while enrolled in a licensed medication assisted treatment program and when taken under the guidance of a qualified healthcare professional.

How long will I need to be on Suboxone?

Extensive research has shown that the use of Suboxone is safe and effective for both long and short-term use. While some patients use Suboxone for a short period of time and then gradually taper off, other patients continue Suboxone maintenance long-term. Since Suboxone allows individuals to avoid the painful symptoms of withdrawal, as well as lower cravings for additional opioids, patients are able to continue their lives in a normal manner without abusing opioids. By providing patients with a clear mind, Suboxone allows individuals to focus on recovery, attend work, drive, and participate in therapeutic interventions to progress in their treatment. Since Suboxone’s effectiveness does not lessen over time, individuals can continue using it as long as their healthcare provider deems appropriate. By discussing your treatment with your physician, you will be able to gain a better understanding of the ideal amount of time you should continue taking Suboxone.

Does Suboxone interact with other drugs or medications?

Like many other prescription medications, there is a risk of interaction between medications and Suboxone. Prior to incorporating Suboxone into your treatment program, it is important to openly discuss any other medications you may be taking with your physician to avoid any potentially dangerous side effects. Suboxone can cause harmful side effects if taken with other opioids, such as heroin, hydrocodone, codeine, and/or oxycodone. Individuals taking Suboxone should not take sedatives, narcotic pain medications, or sleeping pills, as these can cause extremely dangerous side effects. Patients are urged to discuss other medications with their physician in order to decide the safest route to take for continued treatment.

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

Although Suboxone is proven safe for long-term use, patients are not required to take it long-term unless necessary. By working closely with your healthcare provider, you can decide what the best route of action is regarding the use of Suboxone within your treatment plan. If enough progression has been made in your treatment, your healthcare provider will assist you in safely tapering off Suboxone until your body is completely free of the medication. Pending personal goals and requirements, patients can either transition onto a different medication or stay sober without the aid of medication.

What is the cost of Suboxone treatment?

Since treatment at San Diego Comprehensive Treatment Centers vary between patients, the cost of treatment will depend on multiple factors. The cost of our highly individualized treatment will fluctuate depending on the medications given, the therapeutic interventions used, and other services that may be utilized within treatment. Please contact one of our dedicated intake experts to further discuss the cost of treatment, as well as the treatment options available.