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Methadone Vs Suboxone

Methadone Vs Suboxone | Treating opioid use disorder with medication assisted treatment | Learn the difference between a full agonist and partial agonist antagonist.

Treating opioid addiction with methadone maintenance

When you use methadone for addiction treatment, you can only get it from certified opioid treatment programs. These include methadone maintenance clinics. When starting treatment, you have to go to one of these clinics. A doctor observes you receiving each dose. Once the clinic doctor decides you are stable with methadone treatment, they may allow you to take the drug at home between visits to the clinic. If you take the medication at home, you still need to get it from a certified opioid treatment program.

Suboxone sublingual film treatment for opioid addiction dependency

For Suboxone, you don’t need to go to a clinic to receive treatment. Your doctor will give you a prescription. However, they will likely monitor the start of your treatment closely. They may require you to come to their office to get the medication. They may also observe you taking the drug. If you’re allowed to take the drug at home, your doctor may not give you more than a few doses at a time. Over time, however, your doctor will likely allow you to manage your own treatment.

VIVITROL for opioid addiction treatment

VIVITROL can cause serious side effects, including:

  1. Risk of opioid overdose. You can accidentally overdose in two ways.
  2. VIVITROL blocks the effects of opioids, such as heroin or opioid pain medicines. Do not try to overcome this blocking effect by taking large amounts of opioids—this can lead to serious injury, coma, or death.
  3. After you receive a dose of VIVITROL, its blocking effect slowly decreases and completely goes away over time. If you have used opioid street drugs or opioid-containing medicines in the past, using opioids in amounts that you used before treatment with VIVITROL can lead to overdose and death. You may also be more sensitive to the effects of lower amounts of opioids:
  4. after you have gone through detoxification
  5. when your next VIVITROL dose is due
  6. if you miss a dose of VIVITROL
  7. after you stop VIVITROL treatment

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