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Suboxone vs Methadone

Overview Both Suboxone and Methadone are FDA-approved medications used to treat opioid addiction. There are some important distinctions to be made between the two, such as their strength, side effects, and regulation. As a primarily Suboxone treatment center, IHAT does not administer methadone. Keep reading to learn more about the differences between the two and why Suboxone is our medication-assisted treatment drug of choice. Suboxone Unlike methadone, which is a full agonist, Suboxone is only a partial agonist opioid.  As a partial agonist, it still activates the opioid receptors in the brain, binding to receptors known as mu receptors. However, it’s done so to a much lesser degree than a full agonist.  Suboxone consists of two primary ingredients: buprenorphine...

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Buprenorphine, Naloxone, Suboxone: What You Need to Know

Often people confuse Buprenorphine, Naloxone, Suboxone and it is important to know the similarities, differences and what each is used for. What is Buprenorphine? Buprenorphine is used as a replacement drug used to treat heroin and methadone addiction, and in some cases to treat severe pain. It is an opioid partial agonist. That means that it blocks opiate receptors in the brain which helps to reduce urges and stave off withdrawal symptoms. It produces effects similar to other stronger opioids such as euphoria and respiratory depression. These effects keep a person physically and emotionally stable as they begin the addiction recovery process. It is available by prescription, cheaper than illegal drugs like heroin, and is unlikely to result in a overdose. The long-lasting effects...

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Everything You Need to Know About Suboxone

What is Suboxone you ask? Well, Suboxone is one of the most common drugs prescribed to help treat opioid addiction. It is commonly prescribed at the start of treatment and patients continue to take it until they have fully overcome their addictions. It helps ease the symptoms of withdrawal, particularly the harsh and violent symptoms caused by short-acting opioids like heroin and prescription painkillers. Suboxone is a combination of two drugs: buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine blocks opiate receptors in the brain, helps to reduce urges, and staves off withdrawal symptoms. Naloxone helps reverse the symptoms of an opioid overdose by blocking and reversing the effects of opioids on a person’s nervous system. Unlike other opioid replacement drugs which require a prescription from...

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Taking Benadryl with Suboxone: What You Need to Know

Allergy season is upon us and like the thousands of other allergy sufferers you are looking for relief from itchy eyes, congestion, runny noses, and hives. Most people will find relief with antihistamines like Benadryl. However, you also are currently taking Suboxone to help with your recovery treatment and you are worried about possible drug interactions. Internet searches only added to the confusion. Luckily, we have all the information you need right here. First, it is important to know what is in Suboxone and Benadryl. Suboxone is a combination of two drugs: buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine blocks opiate receptors in the brain, helps to reduce urges, and staves off withdrawal symptoms. Naloxone helps reverse the symptoms of an opioid overdose by blocking and reversing...

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Is Suboxone A Good Treatment for Opiate Addiction?

On your journey to recovery, you have likely been bombarded by information telling you to take this drug, use this method, try this therapy, etc., etc. It can be overwhelming, confusing, and probably feels like you’ll never find a way out. With the proliferation of information and “fake news,” you want to make sure you’re getting the best information suited for you and your circumstances. If you are looking for an easy place to start and a guarantee of relevant information for you, you should talk to your doctor. They know you and your medical history, and can help you find the right treatment plan that will lead to lasting sobriety. One part of the first things they will probably suggest is for you to start taking Suboxone. What is Suboxone you ask? Well, Suboxone one of the most...

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How Long Does Suboxone Stay in Your Body?

If you or a loved one have been researching different ways to get treatment for opioid addiction, you may have heard of Suboxone. Suboxone is an FDA-approved brand name drug that contains both buprenorphine and naltrexone, used to help curb opioid withdrawal symptoms and cravings. It was made as an alternative to methadone, used to treat prescription opioids and heroin. Since it is a long-acting opioid, the amount of time Suboxone stays in your system will vary, and can best be determined by looking at how it is metabolized. Metabolization of Suboxone and Looking at Half-Life The first thing to take into consideration for Suboxone staying in your body is half-life. Half-life is the amount of time it takes for half of a single dose of a drug to leave the body. Since there are...

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Suboxone vs. Methadone: Uses, Differences, and More

Overview Suboxone (brand name) and methadone (generic) are both commonly used FDA-approved medications for the treatment of opioid addiction, including heroin, codeine, and morphine. There are a few key differences between the two, why patients may take one or the other, and what treatment centers offer for options. When it comes to medication-assisted treatment, IHAT is primarily a Suboxone treatment center. We also offer Vivitrol as an option for some patients, and methadone is not part of our medication-assisted treatment programs. Continue reading to learn about the uses and differences of each. Suboxone Suboxone is a partial agonist opioid. There are two primary ingredients in Suboxone: buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine’s role is to block the effects of other...

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Suboxone: Side Effects, Dosage, Uses, and More

This article contains general information about Suboxone, a drug that is used in combination with medication-assisted treatment and other comprehensive programs to help patients overcome opioid dependence. The information in this article cannot be used as medical advice, but rather as a general overview of Suboxone, its side effects, dosages, and uses. What is Suboxone? Suboxone is a brand name prescription drug, which is actually a combination of two drugs – buprenorphine and naloxone. These work together to decrease the severity of withdrawal symptoms as well as reducing a patient’s dependence on opioids in the future.  Looking at them individually, buprenorphine is used as an opioid partial antagonist, which produces effects like euphoria or respiratory depression...

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What is Suboxone?

Suboxone is a brand name prescription drug, which consists of a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. It is used to treat dependence on opioid drugs. Typically, there’s four strengths of Suboxone: 2 mg buprenorphine / 0.5 mg naloxone4 mg buprenorphine / 1 mg naloxone8 mg buprenorphine / 2 mg naloxone12 mg buprenorphine / 3 mg naloxone Studies show that Suboxone is effective at reducing opioid misuse, while also being effective at helping people who have opioid dependence continue their treatment. How Does it Work? As noted above, Suboxone has two main ingredients: buprenorphine and naloxone. Each plays a different role in the overall use of Suboxone. Buprenorphine’s Role Buprenorphine is an opioid – like heroin or oxycodone – and is used...

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