Suboxone vs. Methadone


Suboxone vs. Methadone – similarities and differences

At a glance, suboxone and methadone treatments seem to be nearly identical. Here are the key differences between the two, and how they can aid in recovery.

  • Both are used to treat patients with opioid dependency or addiction. Both synthetic opioids.
  • Suboxone is partial opiate agonist (effects are limited even when taken in large doses)
  • Methadone is a full opiate agonist (effects are not limited).
  • Methadone can be abused (overused) so patients start out taking it at a clinic, later are allowed take-home doses.
  • Suboxone is harder to abuse so patients are allowed to take it home.
  • For people with larger, more serious opiate habits and addiction, Suboxone may not provide effective relief from withdrawal symptoms. Methadone may work better for such individuals.
  • Suboxone is generally less addictive than Methadone.
  • Withdrawal symptoms of a Suboxone detox are generally less severe than Methadone detox.
  • The risk of an overdose on Suboxone is less than with Methadone.
  • The cost of Methadone is generally lower than Suboxone.
  • Methadone is taken as tablet, liquid or injection. Suboxone is taken as a tablet sublingually – under the tongue.

A physician will work with each patient to determine the right clinical approach. Learn more about Methadone or Suboxone treatment, or contact us for more information.


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