Why Nashville Recovery May Prescribe Subutex

Are you one of those people who want or need to take Suboxone, but have a negative reaction to it? Does Naloxone, Narcan and/or Naltrexone create headaches, stomach aches, blisters inside your cheek, or swelling inside your mouth? You’re not alone.

Turns out, many people have a negative or even bad reaction to the Naloxone, the agent inside Suboxone, Bunavail, Zubsolv, and the generic Suboxone tablets. It can create miserable headaches for some, stomach aches for others, not to mention issues like blisters and swelling of the tongue. There has to be a better way, right? Well, thankfully there is.

Say “Hello” to Subutex

Subutex, (aka: “buprenorphine without naloxone”) is a very inexpensive version of Suboxone that does not include Naloxone. Meaning, you still get all the great benefits of avoiding withdrawals and eliminating cravings, but without the Naloxone agent that makes so many people sick.

Is Subutex Expensive?

Perhaps the biggest benefit of Subutex is its cost. Subutex(in its generic form) costs about 60% less than generic buprenorphine with naloxone. This savings can be the differentiator for people on a tight budget hoping to recover from opioid addiction.

How Can I Get Subutex Prescribed?

The State of Tennessee requires one of two reasons in order to be prescribed Subutex:

  • You have medical proof that Naloxone causes an allergic reaction, or other serious condition as a result of taking it.
  • You have documented, very high liver enzymes. (Even those with HEP C must still have documented highly-elevated liver enzymes to qualify)
  • You are pregnant, or have documented proof that you are trying to get pregnant.

Does Medicaid Cover Subutex?

In most cases the answer is yes, Medicaid will pay for Subutex. Medicaid requires the same medical proof the State of Tennessee requires, so a good first step is to let Nashville Suboxone Recovery review your medical records. We offer this service free of charge.

If you are unsure, or if you have medical records you’d like us to review before making an appointment, please call or text us at (615) 431-3701. Or, you can fax your medical records to (615) 410-4257. We’re happy to review your records and let you know if you are a candidate for Subutex. We can also submit a prior authorization with your insurance company to see if Subutex is covered.

Call or text us at (615) 431-3701 with any questions regarding Subutex. We’re here to help.

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