Suboxone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Suboxone is right for me?

Suboxone is an extremely safe treatment option that is prescribed to patients who are struggling with an addiction to opioids. Suboxone works by providing relief from the physical symptoms of withdrawal while also keeping cravings for continued opioid use at bay. When taken within a medication assisted treatment program, Suboxone is an effective option for helping individuals break free from the dangerous cycle of opioid addiction. To learn more about Suboxone, as well as to determine if it is an appropriate fit for your treatment needs, please consult with a qualified healthcare provider prior to incorporating this medication into your comprehensive treatment plan.

Can I become addicted to Suboxone?

Due to the chemical makeup of Suboxone, there is a risk for tolerance and addiction developing should this medication be abused. However, when patients take Suboxone as prescribed within a medication assisted treatment program, the risk for addiction is extremely low. Suboxone utilizes a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine provides patients with relief from the physical symptoms of withdrawal by interacting with the same receptors in the brain that are typically activated by opioid use. Buprenorphine, however, will not cause patients to experience the same euphoric high that they would experience when abusing opioids. The combination of naloxone and buprenorphine allows patients to focus on their recovery with a clear mind and without craving additional opioids.

Will Suboxone show up on a drug screening?

Patients who are required to complete a drug screen while taking Suboxone will not test positive. Because a specific drug panel is required in order to detect the presence of buprenorphine within the system, patients will only test positive if they abuse opioids or other substances during the course of treatment. The use of Suboxone is legal when taken within a licensed medication assisted treatment program under the close supervision of a trained medical professional.

How long will I need to be on Suboxone?

The length of time that a patient will continue on Suboxone will be determined by his or her individual treatment needs. Extensive research has confirmed the safety of Suboxone for both short- and long-term use. Because the effectiveness of Suboxone will not decrease over time, patients are able to continue utilizing this medication for as long as deemed appropriate. While some patients continue taking Suboxone long-term, others will only use it for a few months. By working closely with your treatment team, you will be able to determine the appropriate length of time that Suboxone will be of benefit to you.

Does Suboxone interact with other drugs or medications?

Like all medications, patients should openly discuss the use of other prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and any other type of substance with their physician prior to incorporating Suboxone into their treatment regime. Because Suboxone can cause dangerous side effects when combined with other substances, it is important that your treatment provider be made aware of other medications that are in your system. Patients who are prescribed Suboxone should not consume heroin, opium, codeine, alcohol, hydrocodone, oxycodone, or any other opiates due to the extremely hazardous side effects that can take place. Please consult with your physician regarding the use of other medications and substances.

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

Although the use of Suboxone is approved safe for long-term use, patients are not required to remain on this medication long-term. Should you and your physician determine that Suboxone is no longer the appropriate fit for your treatment needs, he or she will work closely with you in order to safely wean off of this medication. Because patients can experience uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal should the use of Suboxone suddenly cease, slowly tapering off of this medication under the supervision of your treatment team is the appropriate route to take. Once a patient’s body is free from Suboxone, he or she can either transition onto a different medication or remain opioid-free without the use of medication.

What is the cost of Suboxone treatment?

The treatment provided by New Hampshire Comprehensive Treatment Centers is highly customized to meet the unique needs of each individual patient. Because of this, the final cost of care will vary patient-to-patient. To learn more about what treatment will cost you, as well as to learn more about the treatment options that we offer, please contact our team of intake experts today.