The reason I ask that is because I have never heard of Suboxone but I iknow alot about Methadone. I know Methadone can be used for pain relieving or for opiate withdrawals. How long has these other drugs been available? Do both drugs have the same ingredients in general? Which one has the highest percentage rate of helping people get clean and stay that way.
13 Feb 2010
From what I understand ( and I have been on suboxone for nearly 2 years and am slowly coming off) if you really need chronic long term pain relief, then methadone is the way to go, if you are trying to get clean and drug free only, suboxone or subutex is the way to go. Suboxone (bupenorohine) has been used since 2003 for drug withdrawals and NO, the ingredients are different between methadone and suboxone. Suboxone works well for opiate withdrawal and can be taken home, but, most doctors charge a fee to induct you into the program and a high office fee for a visit. The bupenorphine helps allow the brain to start eventually producing its own opiates again and helps heal the neurotransmitters and receptor site. Bupenorphine will not show up on a drug test unless they check specifically for it. Subutex does not have the blocking agent in it that suboxone does, i.e. suboxone will block ANY other opiate.
It is a long acting med and it would be several days before you felt withdrawal or could take other opiates and have them work. Not every doctor can write a prescription for suboxone/subutex, but many in each area can.. I am pretty sure that vetrenarians have been using it on animals for a while.Anyone wishing to be clean and sober must have group support and should go to an addiction specialist counselor and enlist at least 1 friend or family member who might help them and be available at all times. At least some who seek sobriety develop some depression after they get clean and should let the doctor and counselor know if that happens. I think probably both meds are good at keeping people off opiates on paper, it is the willingness of the patient and the counseling that helps keep them clean forever. Sorry, don't know alot about methadone other than it is the preferred one if someone truly needs pain management, it is long acting, and interacts with many other meds.
14 Feb 2010
There are vast differences between methadone and suboxone. FIrst thing, to correct the previous answer, both soboxone and subutex will block any opiate. It's the bupenorphine that does the blocking. The other drug in suboxone is put there to hinder people from shooting up or snorting as it will cause withdrawals, If used properly, the nalaxone in suboxone has little or no effect,
Methadone is a good drug f or pain relief. It is also used for people on opiates but it is usually a long term treatment and should be a last ditch therapy, only when other options have failed. It is extremely hard to detox from. Subutex or suboxonoe is used also as a replacement for opiates but is more of a short term drug that can be tapered off of within a couple of months, They are both valid opiate replacement therapies. Which you would choose would depend on your situation.. If you are looking for a pain med, don't choose sub, It is a very poor pain reliever.
28 Aug 2010
Suboxone will take your cravings away and has a "ceiling" effect. Therefore you can not get high on it. But believe me it does nothing for pain. I have been on it for 11 days and my pain is worse than I ever remembered it. I quit about 41 hours ago and am waiting till I can get back on pain mess, trying to find a dr. in Pittsburgh to prescribe methadone, impossible so far. Go with the suboxone to get clean but if you have pain go with the methadone if you can get it. Bad thing about suboxone is that if you ever need pain control, accident, disease, you are s**t out of luck. THEY DONT TELL YOU THAT WHEN YOU GET ON IT!
30 Mar 2011
suboxone does help with pain. I have rheumatiod arthritis, and I'm suppose to have back surgery. It took a couple months for it to help with the pain. I went a year without feeling any pain for the first time in ten yrs, while i was on suboxone. It does not give you a euphoric feeling though. I quit taking suboxone in jan. It is now march. That is bull shit when people say you can taper off. I tapered off and the withdrawals lasted over a month. They were way more intense than oxycontin withdrawals. I was doing 3 80s a day just to get high and at least 1 80 every day to not withdrawal for yrs. Those withdrawals did not compair to suboxone. If you get on suboxone then decide to go back to oc or heroin be careful. I have used a few times since a quit periodically. For 2 months i shot up 120 to 150 mg roxy and felt nothing. 2 weeks ago i shot 60 mgs roxy and almost od'd and died. The suboxone has a long half life and I believe blocks for a long time. So be very careful if you take suboxone then go back to opiates
25 Nov 2011
The drugs have different ingredients. I have heard from NA meetings and research that I have done that Suboxone has a higher success rate over methadone. I have taken methadone before recreationally. On the other hand, I have been to the doctor and been prescribed Suboxone twice. I liked the suboxone because I felt like I was in control of my life and not chasing a buzz. What made me upset about Suboxone was that I was given the impression after I worked the program for 6 months to a year that when I went to get off after tapering down correctly that I would not have withdrawals. BIG MISTAKE! I was stuck at home on day 3 of being clean and felt so nasty that I would not get off the couch to get some dope if it was brought to my house and all I had to do was walk outside to get it. Well maybe that was a lie, but it was rough! Best of luck, just thought i would share my experience.
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