Suboxone vs Methadone: Understanding Opiates

Suboxone is a prescription medicine used to treat opioid addiction. It is comprised of two chemical compounds: buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist whereas methadone, an opiate, would be a full agonist. In simple terms, this means that buprenorphine does not have the same effect as a complete opiate. Naloxone, the second compound in Suboxone, is an opioid antagonist that blocks the function of opioids. It’s commonly used as a medication for addiction and overdose. A Suboxone prescription can only be obtained by a licensed medical practitioner.

Suboxone Safety & Side Effects

Because of its lower ceiling in reaching maximum effect, it’s a much safer alternative than something like methadone. While it is more difficult to abuse and less dangerous, there is still the potential for abuse. Furthermore, serious long-term side effects do exist. Thus, its use should be closely monitored by a knowledgeable Suboxone doctor. If you or a loved one is battling opioid addiction, there is hope. Blatman Health and Wellness Center is one of the first holistic pain management clinics opened in Cincinnati. We offer a wide variety of safe and natural pain treatments that can help patients achieve true pain relief.

Suboxone and Other Alternatives to Opioids

Suboxone is an opioid alternative that’s often prescribed for patients who want to avoid the addictive qualities of an opiate or who are trying to wean themselves off opiates due to addiction. Another potential alternative is medical marijuana. Some patients have reported that cannabis has better pain-relieving qualities than opiates, without the potential for serious addiction.  

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