Methadone Vs. Suboxone: Medication Assisted Opiate Treatment

 In Medication, Suboxone

Methadone and suboxone are both medications used to combat addiction. Their use is akin to a diabetic taking insulin – they can be taken on a regular basis to ensure that a patient is stable. They are used to combat the impairment, increased tolerance and permanent damage that opiates and heroin have done to the brain and body.

At Opiate Treatment Centers of America (OTCOA), we use suboxone as a modern alternative to the traditional methadone treatment. OTCOA also ensures that proper behavioral medication is prescribed to help treat the effects of addiction using a DNA-specific approach.

Learn more about our patent-pending Pharmacogenetic Testing.

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What is Methadone?

Methadone is a synthetic drug that was developed in 1939 in Germany. It was brought to the U.S. in 1947 and was subsequently approved as a painkiller. Despite a number of addictions that formed because of the drug, it was used to treat heroin addicts during withdrawal. Unfortunately, addicts routinely went back to using after they stopped taking methadone.

 

What is Suboxone?

Suboxone was marketed in the 1980s as a pain reliever for treating severe, chronic discomfort. It is different and more successful than methadone in that it doesn’t give the patient a euphoric feeling, thus making it less likely to become addicted. In 2003, the first suboxone-based addiction treatment program was launched in the U.S. and boasted a success rate of 88%.

 

Problems with Methadone Clinics

Many people currently in methadone programs reach high doses that make it difficult to detox from the drug itself. Methadone detox facilities usually will not accept anyone taking more than 80 or 100 mg a day.

Detoxing from methadone also produces extreme discomfort. Because of this, many people feel imprisoned by methadone programs and find themselves in a cycle of addiction.

 

Cons

  • Methadone treatment follows a strict protocol – patients feel as though they have no control over their own treatment
  • The drug shows up in urine testing for employment
  • Daily visits to the methadone clinic may be difficult for patients who have jobs.
  • Self esteem issues can be difficult to overcome in a clinic environment
  • Risk for overdose death

 

Methadone Side Effects

  • Trouble breathing
  • Hallucinations or confusion
  • Chest pain, dizziness, fainting
  • Feeling anxious, nervous, or restless
  • Sleep problems
  • Feeling weak or drowsy
  • Dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, loss of appetite
  • Decreased sex drive

 

How Suboxone is Different

Suboxone has been determined by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to be an effective alternative medication for treating heroin and opiate addiction with few safety risks and fewer deaths.

friends at coffee shopThrough our pharmacogenetic testing, we provide a DNA-customized treatment that better alleviates the severe side effects of addiction. When prescribing medication, clinics are often able to only address a few pathways of metabolic absorption in your body. OTCOA removes all of the guesswork from this method by evaluating every pathway of absorption – ensuring the correct dosage the first time.

While many traditional physicians rely on a trial and error prescription method to getting clean, OTCOA is concerned with getting you addiction free as soon as possible. Escape the cycle of addiction and contact us today. We are prepared to treat the disease of addiction from not only a medication perspective, but from a physical and psychological perspective as well.
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Sources

http://www.narconon.org/drug-information/methadone-history.html

http://www.naabt.org/faq_answers.cfm?ID=21

http://www.crchealth.com/find-a-treatment-center/opiate-addiction-treatment-centers/additional-resources/debunking-myths-methadone-clinics/

https://www.patmoorefoundation.com/blog/suboxone-history-drug-treatment-works

http://buprenorphine.samhsa.gov/presentations/Heilig.pdf

http://www.rxlist.com/methadone-hydrochloride-side-effects-drug-center.htm

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