Everything you need to know about Suboxone

Suboxone (buprenorphine/naloxone) is a medication used to reduce opioid cravings and withdrawal symptoms to help you recover from opioid addiction.

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Everything you need to know about Suboxone

Suboxone (buprenorphine/naloxone) is a medication used to reduce opioid cravings and withdrawal symptoms to help you recover from opioid addiction.

What to expect from Suboxone treatment for opioid addiction

What is Suboxone?
Suboxone is the brand name for a specific medication: buprenorphine/naloxone. Buprenorphine/naloxone is one of only three FDA-approved medications for opioid use disorder. This medication works in the brain to alleviate dependence on heroin, fentanyl, and other prescription pain relievers.

How does Suboxone work?
Suboxone works in the brain in a way similar to other opioids which cause addiction, like heroin and pain pills. This means it helps with withdrawal and cravings caused by opioid addiction but is safer to take since it has a low potential for misuse. Many people say Suboxone and other forms of buprenorphine/naloxone help them get their life back while dealing with an opioid use disorder. This makes it easier for an individual to break their addictive habits without feeling sick or having cravings. Learn more: How does Suboxone work?

Can I get addicted to Suboxone?
Any drug, or really anything that affects your brain chemistry, has potential to be addictive. Suboxone’s potential for misuse, or abuse is lower than that of other opioids when taken as directed under medical care and coupled with a counseling program. When on the right dose of Suboxone (or another buprenorphine/naloxone medication), most individuals find that they no longer have the cravings or obsession which typically defines addiction to other drugs. Read more: Is Suboxone an Opiate?

Will Suboxone show up on a drug test?
The short answer: It depends on the type of drug test! If it’s a standard drug test (like the type an employer might use), it typically won’t show up on a drug panel. However, if you are being tested at a Suboxone program, they may be testing you specifically to ensure you’re taking the medication that they’re prescribing. In this case, they may be testing you specifically for the buprenorphine in Suboxone. Read more: Suboxone might show up on a drug test.

How long do I have to be on Suboxone? Will I need it long-term?
The length of your Suboxone treatment is entirely up to you and your medical care team. You should look for a Suboxone doctor who listens to your requests and honors your needs to either continue or change your medications. But the evidence does show that long-term Suboxone treatment can be beneficial.

Where can I get Suboxone treatment?
Workit Health offers Suboxone treatment in states where we offer Workit Clinics. Workit’s telemedicine Suboxone treatment is 100% virtual in many states. If you aren’t in our area, learn other strategies for finding a Suboxone Clinic near you. The NAABT also has a directory called Treatment Match which will connect you with providers in your area. 

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What to expect from Suboxone treatment for opioid addiction

What is Suboxone?
Suboxone is the brand name for a specific medication: buprenorphine/naloxone. Buprenorphine/naloxone is one of only three FDA-approved medications for opioid use disorder. This medication works in the brain to alleviate dependence on heroin, fentanyl, and other prescription pain relievers.

How does Suboxone work?
Suboxone has a low potential for misuse but also works in the brain in a way similar to other opioids which cause addiction, like heroin and pain pills. This means it helps with withdrawal and cravings caused by opioid addiction but is safer to take. Many people say Suboxone, or other forms of buprenorphine/naloxone, helps them get their life back after opioid addiction. Learn more: How does Suboxone work?

Can I get addicted to Suboxone?
Any drug, or really anything that affects your brain chemistry, has addiction potential. Suboxone’s potential for misuse, or abuse, when taken as directed under medical care together with a counseling program, is lower than that of other opioids. When on the right dose of Suboxone, or other buprenorphine/naloxone medications, most people find that they don’t have the cravings or obsession which can define addiction to other drugs. Read more: Is Suboxone an Opiate?

Will Suboxone show up on a drug test?
The short answer: It depends on the type of drug test! If it’s a standard drug test (like the type an employer might use), it typically won’t show up on a drug panel. However, if you are being tested at a Suboxone program, they may be testing you specifically to ensure you’re taking the medication that they’re prescribing. In this case, they may be testing you specifically for the buprenorphine in Suboxone. Read more: Suboxone might show up on a drug test.

How long do I have to be on Suboxone? Will I need it long-term?
The length of your Suboxone treatment is entirely up to you and your medical care team. You should look for a Suboxone doctor who listens to your requests and honors your needs to either continue or change your medications. The evidence shows, however, that long-term Suboxone treatment can be beneficial.

Where can I get Suboxone treatment?
Workit Health offers Suboxone treatment in states where we offer Workit Clinic. While Workit’s telemedicine Suboxone treatment is 100% virtual in many states, Ohio may require a single in-person appointment to receive Suboxone. If you aren’t in our area, learn other strategies for finding a Suboxone Clinic near you. The NAABT also has a directory called Treatment Match which will connect you with providers in your area. 

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By Workit Health Content Team

Editor Workit Health

Medically Reviewed by Juhi Bhatt, PA-C

Updated 03/17/2022

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