Suboxone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Suboxone is right for me?

Individuals who are prescribed Suboxone are given the opportunity to safely avoid the physical symptoms often associated with withdrawal without experiencing cognitive disruptions. In addition, use of Suboxone diminishes cravings for continued opioid use, which allows patients to productively participate in daily life without impairment.

When taken as prescribed and under the supervision of a licensed medical professional, the use of Suboxone is extremely safe. Shelbyville Comprehensive Treatment Center (CTC) provides patients the opportunity to incorporate various medications within their treatment program. For this reason, patients should work closely with their treatment team in order to determine the appropriate medication based upon their unique set of treatment goals and requirements.

Can I become addicted to Suboxone?

Suboxone utilizes a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone as its active ingredients. Both of these substances have addictive properties, and buprenorphine works by interacting with the same receptors in the brain that are typically activated by the use of opioids. However, when Suboxone is taken as prescribed, the risk of addiction is minimal.

Will Suboxone show up on a drug screening?

Should a patient be required to complete a drug screen during treatment, it is not likely that he or she will test positive for Suboxone. A specific test is required in order to detect the presence of buprenorphine within the system. Also, the use of Suboxone is legal when taken within a licensed treatment center with a valid prescription. So if you do test positive for Suboxone, your possession of a legal prescription should prevent you from being penalized.

How long will I need to be on Suboxone?

Although use of Suboxone is approved as safe for both short and long-term use, patients are not required to remain on this medication long-term unless deemed necessary. By working closely with their treatment provider, patients are able to determine the length of time for which Suboxone will positively benefit them and their treatment goals.

Does Suboxone interact with other drugs or medications?

As Suboxone can negatively interact with other medications, patients should notify their treatment provider prior to incorporating this prescription into their treatment plan. Patients should discuss the use of other prescriptions and/or over-the-counter medications with their treatment team to verify that no negative interactions can occur when taken with Suboxone.

Patients who are prescribed Suboxone should refrain from taking codeine, opium, heroin, hydrocodone, and/or alcohol while in treatment due to the dangerous interactions that can occur while taking this medication.

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

Patients who no longer wish to remain on Suboxone should work closely with their treatment provider in order to safely taper off of their medication to avoid withdrawal symptoms. Individuals who abruptly cease use of Suboxone find that they may experience the physical discomforts often associated with withdrawal. Once a patient no longer has traces of Suboxone in his or her system, he or she may then transition onto a different medication or remain substance-free without the assistance of a prescription.

What is the cost of Suboxone treatment?

The treatment available through Shelbyville CTC is customized to meet the unique treatment needs of each individual patient who walks through our doors. Because the care provided to each individual patient will vary, the cost of care will fluctuate as well. To learn more about the final cost of care based upon your set of treatment requirements, please contact a member of our intake team today.

The compassionate staff of medical professionals at Shelbyville Comprehensive Treatment Center is dedicated to providing patients with the highest quality of care available. We look forward to assisting you in taking your first steps towards lasting recovery.