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Is Suboxone just starting to look like a weaker methadone?

JAM661JJAM661 Posts: 140
edited 04/06/2014 - 6:45 PM in Pain Medications
I really do not know much about suboxone other then it is used to get people off opiate medication or rarely for pain control. Since this stuff has been around for a while I am starting to hear that some people are having problems with getting off the medication because of withdrawal symptoms. To me it is starting to sound just like methadone in that it helps heroin addicts and others abusing opiate medication to stop using them but really they are just switching people to another opiate medication. Any thoughts?


  • Suboxone plays a very similar role to methadone in the management of opioid addiction. The opioid ingredient of Suboxone, buprenorphine, is also formulated for chronic pain in the form of Butrans/Norspan patches. In some areas it also available as a sublingual tablet called Temgesic, which is also for pain relief.
  • of the use of suboxone , especially when it comes to the way it's being used/marketed by some prescriber's as a easy means to stopping opiates in the chronic pain group, but what the patients aren't being told is that there is no medical reason for them to stay on it past a few days or at most a week if the sole purpose is to prevent withdrawal in someone stopping opiates for treatment of pain.
    Too often, these patients are being given far too much suboxone, amounts that are used to treat addiction, then kept at higher doses for extended time frames, and they are not told that suboxone will also cause withdrawal, in many cases it is far more difficult to taper than anyone can imagine.
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