Subutex (Buprenorphine) Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Subutex is right for me?

Subutex can be a safe and effective treatment option for individuals who are battling an addiction to opioids. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), this medication provides relief from the physical symptoms of withdrawal while eliminating cravings for continued opioid use. The use of Subutex allows patients to actively play a role in daily responsibilities and treatment activities with a sound mind.

Kelso Treatment Solutions offers several different medications that can be incorporated into a patient’s treatment plan. Patients work closely with their treatment provider to ensure that the appropriate medication is prescribed based upon their unique set of treatment requirements, and dosage can be adjusted as a patient’s needs evolve.

Can I become addicted to Subutex?

When taken as prescribed under the close supervision of a licensed medical professional, the chances of becoming addicted to Subutex are extremely minimal. But because Subutex does contain some addictive properties, patients should always adhere to their treatment provider’s directions for taking this medication. The staff at Kelso Treatment Solutions closely monitors the administration of all medications in order to further decrease the risk of abuse and addiction.

Will Subutex show up on a drug screening?

Patients who are required to complete a drug screen while taking Subutex will not test positively, as a specific test is required in order to detect buprenorphine, the active ingredient in Subutex.

How long will I need to be on Subutex?

While the use of Subutex is clinically proven to be safe for both short- and long-term use, patients are not required to remain on this medication indefinitely. Patients should work closely with their treatment team in order to determine the appropriate length of time that Subutex will benefit them and their treatment progress.

Does Subutex interact with other drugs or medications?

Subutex can negatively interact with other prescriptions and over-the-counter medications. For this reason, patients should not begin taking Subutex until they openly discuss their use of other substances with their treatment provider to ensure their safety throughout the course of treatment. The use of recreational drugs and alcohol should not occur during the course of treatment due to the extremely dangerous effects that can take place when used with Subutex.

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

Patients who no longer wish to remain on Subutex should work closely with their treatment provider in order to gradually wean themselves off of their medication. Should an individual abruptly cease using Subutex, he or she may experience painful symptoms of withdrawal. Once all traces of Subutex are out of a patient’s system, he or she may transition to a different medication for the remainder of treatment, or remain opioid-free without the aid of a prescription. By working closely with our team of medical professionals, patients can determine the appropriate steps to take based upon their unique sets of requirements and goals.

What is the cost of Subutex treatment?

The treatment available through Kelso Treatment Solutions is highly customized to meet the unique treatment needs and goals of each individual patient. As the care received will vary between patients, the final cost of treatment will fluctuate as well. To learn more about the cost of care based upon your individual treatment needs, and to learn more about the treatment options that we offer, please contact Kelso Treatment Solutions today. We are here to help you or someone that you love break free from the dangerous cycle of opioid addiction.