Comparing Suboxone to Methadone

Comparing Suboxone to Methadone | Dr. Nikesh Seth, Scottsdale

Comparing Suboxone to Methadone

When considering treatment for opioid addiction, you deserve to work with the “Top Doc” for five consecutive years, Dr. Nikesh Seth. Methadone has been the primary option since 1947 for opioid replacement therapy—until now. Although methadone has been effective, it is also an addictive opioid. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 33 percent of drug-related deaths in 2012 were linked to a methadone overdose.

However, now Suboxone Therapy is available. It’s a combination of naloxone and buprenorphine and is a replacement option for methadone. Although it is also a partial opioid agonist, the partial aspect may make it safer and less addictive compared to methadone (which is a full agonist). Suboxone can give some patients all the perks of methadone without the same risk for addiction.

Methadone reduces cravings for opioids without getting a person “high,” but many users end up becoming dependent on methadone instead of opioids. Side effects can also include drowsiness, impotence, poor respiratory function, seizures, and irregular heartbeats. Long-term use is also connected to liver failure.

Methadone was originally created as a painkiller for soldiers and was only later discovered as an opioid treatment. However, Suboxone was created specifically to treat opioid addiction. The naloxone can block opioid effects while the buprenorphine is the partial opioid agonist. Patients enjoy withdrawal relief without the high of an opioid.

Suboxone also has potential side effects, but they are not as risky as methadone’s. They can include headaches, dizziness, trouble concentrating, numbness near the mouth, and insomnia. Due to buprenorphine’s weak brain impact, the odds of Suboxone addiction are very low (especially compared to methadone). As a Schedule II drug, as applied by the DEA, it is considered “moderate to low” for risk of dependence.

Schedule an Evaluation with Dr. Seth Today!

If you or someone you love struggles with opioid addiction, proper and safe treatment is a must. Tapering via a drug like Suboxone can increase the odds of successful recoveries. Contact Integrated Pain Consultants today and schedule a detailed evaluation with Dr. Seth, who received the most votes for this year’s Top Doc award.

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