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Methadone vs. Suboxone: Which is Better?

Man trying to determine the pros and cons of methadone

Opioid addiction has been wreaking havoc on the nation. But there is help available. Two of the most popular, methadone and suboxone, have been prescribed to people all across the country to decrease the severity of their withdrawal symptoms. These two substances create different reactions in the body and the mind. Both have advantages and disadvantages, and understanding these can help make choosing the best one for your needs easier. The following information will help educate you on how each substance helps treat addiction, its pros and cons, and which may be right for you.

If you or a loved one is dealing with opioid addiction, Vertava Health’s medication-assisted treatment program offers both methadone and suboxone as options for treatment. Call us at 844.470.0410 today to decide on methadone vs. suboxone.

Methadone vs. Suboxone

Methadone has been used to treat opioid addiction since the 1960s. It is a synthetic substance that falls under the heading of opiate agonists. This means that it stimulates the areas of the brain affected by opiate addiction. It is generally taken once every 24 to 36 hours and helps eliminate physical withdrawal symptoms while also helping to stop cravings for dangerous opiates, such as heroin and morphine.

Suboxone is a relatively new treatment that works on two different levels. It is actually a combination of opioid agonists, usually Buprenorphine, and antagonists, like Naloxone. Combining these substances will help alleviate your withdrawal symptoms (the job of the agonist) and cause repulsive reactions should you use opiates (the antagonist reaction).

Both methadone and Suboxone are addictive medications. Once a person has used them and then completed a taper to discontinue use, they will likely suffer withdrawal symptoms similar to other opioids/opiates.

The Pros And Cons Of Methadone

Some of the pros of methadone include the following:

  • It has a long history of success in treating opioid addiction
  • It is generally taken once daily, making it easier to stick with the treatment regimen
  • It has a longer half-life than other opioids, making it stay in the body for a longer period of time

Some of the cons of methadone include the following:

  • It can only be obtained through special clinics
  • It is a highly regulated medication with strict dosing guidelines
  • It can have a high potential for abuse and overdose

The Pros And Cons Of Suboxone

Some of the pros of suboxone include the following:

  • It is available through a regular prescription from a doctor
  • It can be prescribed in take-home doses, allowing for more flexibility in treatment
  • It has a lower potential for abuse and overdose

Some of the cons of suboxone include the following:

  • It must be taken multiple times a day
  • It may not work as well for people with severe opioid addictions
  • It has a higher risk of causing withdrawal symptoms upon discontinuation

Which Is Right For You?

When it comes to methadone vs. suboxone, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. It ultimately comes down to what will work best for you and your specific needs. Talk with your doctor or treatment provider about the pros and cons of each option and decide on a plan that will set you up for success in your recovery journey. Remember, there is hope and help available.

Vertava Health Can Help

Whichever method you choose, you can rest assured that both can help you wean off opiates in a safe and productive manner. However, it’s difficult to manage these methods on your own, which makes attending a rehab center so important. Vertava Health can help guide you through the recovery process and offer support every step of the way. Contact us today at 844.470.0410 if you or someone you love needs help recovering from opiate addiction. It’ll be the best decision you’ve ever made.