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Methadone has been used for decades to treat people who are addicted to heroin and narcotic pain medicines. When taken as prescribed, it is safe and effective. It allows people to recover from their addiction and to reclaim active and meaningful lives. For optimal results, patients should also participate in a comprehensive medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program that includes counseling and social support. Methadone treatment is considered the "gold standard" of opioid addiction and heroin addiction treatment.
How Does Methadone Work?
Methadone works by changing how the brain and nervous system respond to pain. It lessens the painful symptoms of opiate withdrawal and blocks the euphoric effects of opiate drugs such as heroin, morphine, and codeine, as well as semi-synthetic opioids like oxycodone and hydrocodone.
Naltrexone blocks the euphoric and sedative effects of drugs such as heroin, morphine, and codeine. It works differently in the body than buprenorphine and methadone, which activate opioid receptors in the body that suppress cravings. Naltrexone binds and blocks opioid receptors, and is reported to reduce opioid cravings. There is no abuse and diversion potential with naltrexone.
If a person relapses and uses the problem drug, naltrexone prevents the feeling of getting high. People using naltrexone should not use any other opioids or illicit drugs; drink alcohol; or take sedatives, tranquilizers, or other drugs.
Patients on naltrexone may have reduced tolerance to opioids and may be unaware of their potential sensitivity to the same, or lower, doses of opioids that they used to take. If patients who are treated with naltrexone relapse after a period of abstinence, it is possible that the dosage of opioid that was previously used may have life-threatening consequences, including respiratory arrest and circulatory collapse.
As with all medications used in medication-assisted treatment (MAT), naltrexone is to be prescribed as part of a comprehensive treatment plan that includes counseling and participation in social support programs.
Buprenorphine is marketed as Suboxone, Subutex, and other trade names. The National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatmentprovides the chart, below, that compares the efficacy of buprenorphine drugs, like Suboxone and Subutex, with methadone. One can readily see that buprenorphine plateaus out in effectiveness at about 32 mg, well below the level needed for many with intermediate to heavy addiction to manage their withdrawals and cravings. If there has been a history of failed buprenorphine treatment, this may well be a contributing factoir..
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While methadone takes longer to withdraw from than burpenorphine (Suboxone) the relative intensity of those withdrawals inearly the same. However, the chart to the left indicates that methadone is much more effective for managing withdrawals from and cravings for opioids and heroin at intermediate to higher levels of dependency. For this reason, methadone is considered a better choice for persons who have intermediate to higher dependency levels of addiction.
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Many people are under the impression that buprenorphine (Suboxone, Subutex, etc.,) is much easier to get off than methadone. The chart, below indicates the respective intensity of withdrawals over time for methadone, buprenorphine, and heroin.