When recovering from drug addiction, regular drug tests are typically part of treatment.
These tests help track drug use, so healthcare providers can measure how successful treatment is in terms of helping you maintain sobriety. You may also need to undergo drug testing in order to gain employment. If you are being treated for an addiction to opioid drugs, such as morphine, oxycodone, or heroin, you may be receiving Suboxone as part of your treatment. While Suboxone does mimic some of the effects of opioid drugs, Suboxone does not show up on panels as other opioids. It will only show up if the panel tests for buprenorphine (one of the components of Suboxone) and/or its metabolites.
When receiving treatment with Suboxone, you should never stop taking the drug suddenly or without a doctor’s approval. Stopping use of Suboxone too quickly can cause withdrawal symptoms. The National Library of Medicine lists the following symptoms of Suboxone withdrawal:
You do not need to stop taking Suboxone before undergoing a drug test. Always take Suboxone exactly as prescribed.
Depending on the drug panel used, Suboxone may or may not be tested for. Suboxone should not cause false positives for other opioids.