Suboxone

  • Partial Agonist satisfy cravings with little to no euphoria. There is no chance of increased euphoria if medication is abused

  • With naloxone, a normal dose of opiates is inhibited from taking effect. Acts as a deterrent for a potential relapse.

  • As a lower risk option, a suboxone program normally gives patients the freedom to see the doctor monthly. Other offices like ours are similar but usually only offer weekly to bi-weekly visits.

  • lower potential for abuse

  • Other prescriptions like benzodiazepines (MUST BE prescribed by a licensed psychiatrist) have less chance of interaction with suboxone and in low amounts are each relatively safe to use daily

Methadone

  • Full agonist acts as an opiate would in the body. It does inhibit other opiate use because of its strong bind to a patients opiate receptors.

  • With increased use comes increased side effects, no cap out effect like suboxone.

  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report indicates heroin addicts treated with it are “not fit to drive.”

  • Those on a methadone high process information much slower, may be drowsy and/or have droopy eyelids, a dry mouth, and muscle flaccidity.

  •  Is very dangerous when taking with benzodiazepines. 

  • Most patients are on daily visits you'll find the occasional weekly appointments.