Quitting Opiates – Which works better Suboxone or Methadone
There is no silver-bullet answer to this question, but in my experience buprenorphine naloxone (aka Suboxone) is a better choice because I think it works better and it is easier to quit once you reach that point. Quitting Suboxone or Methadone can be a challenge, but I think Suboxone is just a little easier.
There are some variables involved that will probably be considered, price of course is always on the list unless you are made of money. Then you have to ask the question, does the drug do what is promised, will it help you quit abusing opiates and get you off opiates ultimately with the least amount of pain possible. The third factor I would consider is how easy is it to quit taking the medication once you are ready, because you are trading one opiate for another with either choice.
Summary – There are basically two choices of approved drugs for opiate addiction
- Buprenorphine Naloxone (aka Suboxone, Subutex)
Summary – How to decide between Suboxone or Methadone
- Cost of Suboxone or Methadone Treatment Plans
- Effectiveness of the drug in getting you off of opiates and keeping you off them.
- Ability to quit the drug without major problems or withdrawal symptoms.
Suboxone (aka Buprenorphine Naloxone) Treatment Plan Typical Prices
First Month Costs
Initial Doctor Visit or Evaluation Visit – Around $300
Regular Visits for counseling and script refills average around fifty bucks weekly – $200 first month
Cost of Suboxone medication per month, assuming one and a half 8mg Suboxones’ daily (45 pills * $10) – $450 first month. You will probably start at two or three 8mg Suboxones the first few days and rapidly drop to one 8mg daily and possibly 1/2 of an 8mg Suboxone by the end of the month. 4mg of Suboxone is still a very potent dose.
Second Month Costs
Regular Visits for counseling and script refills average around fifty bucks weekly – $100 second month. Many doctors will allow you to visit less frequently after you build some trust in the relationship.
Cost of Suboxone medication per month, assuming 1/2 of an 8mg Suboxone daily (15 pills * $10) – $150 second month
Third Month Costs
Regular Visits for counseling and script refills average around fifty bucks weekly – $100 third month. Many doctors will allow you to visit less frequently after you build some trust in the relationship.
Cost of Suboxone medication per month, assuming average of 1/8th of an 8mg Suboxone daily, plus a few extra pills to cut as small as possible for tapering (use two pills for an entire month period! (10 pills * $10) – $100 third month
Total Cost of Suboxone Treatment over a three to four month period: $1,400. This sounds like a crazy high number, and it is expensive if you don’t have insurance coverage, but it is a low price to pay compared to the alternative. I don’t know about you but I know of many people who were at a two hundred dollar per day habit so the Suboxone was actually cheaper than the daily routine.
Effectiveness of Suboxone
Buprenorphine is a relatively new drug for treating opiate addiction, such as oxycodone addiction or even heroin addiction. Suboxone has become very popular in the US, quite simply because it works for most people, and the numbers are slightly better than Methadone for number of addicts who remain clean after a period of months after treatment.
From personal experiences I can say that it works because I’ve seen friends go through the treatment with good success.
Ability to Taper off of Suboxone after the treatment
This is probably one of the weak points for Suboxone, but it is no cakewalk for Methadone either. You are trading one opiate for another, so you are technically not “clean” until you kick the Suboxone habit, and that is not as easy as it might seem. But don’t let that deter you from improving your life, or possibly saving it!
Methdone Costs, Effectiveness and Ability to Taper off
I have not seen person experiences or talked to people who have, so do not have this information in as much detail. The costs are similar to Suboxone for treatment however the Methadone drug itself is very low cost. Methadone has a longer half life so technically you would think it will be easier to wean off of, but I have heard of many addicts that are on methadone for life.
I am definitely biased towards the Suboxone but I recommend you try to find more detailed info on Methadone first.
If you are looking for a medication for Heroin addiction treatment, Morphine Addiction Treatment, or Hydrocodone Addiction Treatment, then learn about buprenorphine naloxone and methadone as much as possible before making a decision.