Suboxone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Suboxone is right for me?

Suboxone is a safe and effective medication that is frequently used in medication assisted treatment programs to help individuals put an end to their abuse of opioids. If you are dependent on opioids, participating in a program that offers Suboxone can help put an end to nagging drug cravings, as well as painful withdrawal symptoms. The best way to decide if Suboxone is right for you is to speak with your physician who can evaluate your needs.

Can I become addicted to Suboxone?

Yes, Suboxone is a medication that can lead to addiction when misused. However, if you take Suboxone under the guidance of those in a medication assisted treatment program, the likelihood of developing an addiction is low. In fact, medication assisted treatment is the most effective way to treat an opioid addiction. Suboxone contains both buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine stimulates similar receptors in the brain that are triggered by other opioids like heroin, morphine, or prescription painkillers, but without causing the same high. Therefore, Suboxone can help you live free of cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

Will Suboxone show up on a drug screening?

Suboxone will not appear on a typical drug screening. Buprenorphine will only appear on a drug test that is created to specifically detect it. However, if you are participating in a medication assisted treatment program, you are taking Suboxone legally and with the permission of a medical professional.

How long will I need to be on Suboxone?

Deciding how long you will remain on Suboxone will be determined by a physician who has consistently reviewed your needs. Research has shown that Suboxone is safe and effective for those who take it either for short-term or long-term treatment. Some individuals might take Suboxone for a short period of time, while others might take it for years. Suboxone is beneficial in stopping drug cravings and curbing withdrawal symptoms, all while affording you the opportunity to actively participate in all areas of your life. The effectiveness of Suboxone does not change as time goes on.

Does Suboxone interact with other drugs or medications?

Prior to starting a Suboxone regimen, you should tell your physician about the medications that you are currently taking. When combined with other opioids (like hydrocodone, heroin, oxycodone, codeine, etc.), Suboxone can cause serious reactions. Those taking Suboxone should not take sleeping pills, narcotic pain medications, sedatives, or drink alcohol. For all other medications that could interact adversely with this medication, it is important that you discuss the medications you  are currently on with your physician.

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

Suboxone is perfectly safe to take for a long period of time, however you do not have to continue to take Suboxone for your entire life. If you and your physician decide that Suboxone is no longer the most appropriate medication for you, or that you are no longer in need of medication assisted treatment, you can begin weaning off the Suboxone through the use of smaller doses until your body is clear of the medication entirely. At this point, you can either remain medication-free or switch to a different medication.

What is the cost of Suboxone treatment?

The cost of treatment at Maryland Comprehensive Treatment Centers is dependent on a number of variables, as the care we provide is individualized. Our programs provide medications like Suboxone, as well as therapy sessions and additional services. Therefore, your treatment will be unique to your needs and so will the cost of your care. To learn more about the potential cost of treatment, contact an intake specialist today.