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I take methadone for pain but need a new drug in Orange

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I take methadone for...

I take methadone for pain but need a new drug in Orange county or la any suggestions

Doctor's Assistant: How long have you had the pain? What seems to make the pain better or worse?

I've had 3 back fusions this is since 91

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

No just surgeries

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Is suboxin And methadone basically the same drug or do the same things
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Hello from JustAnswer. This is Dr. Love.

There are several similarities between Suboxone and Methadone, but also some differences. The opioid in Suboxone is buprenorphine.

Both buprenorphine and Methadone are long acting opioids. Consequently both can be used for pain management, usually only needing once daily dosing. Both also are used to treat people with opioid addiction, as the long-acting nature of the drugs minimizes peaks and valleys, so do not cause the high that most opioid addicts are seeking.

The key difference between buprenorphine and methadone is that the buprenorphine is an opioid agonist-antagonist. This means that while the buprenorphine primarily stimulates the opiate receptor, it also will block the opiate receptor as the dose is increased. This means that there is a ceiling of the opioid effect of buprenorphine. It also means that if someone that is currently taking another opioid and then takes buprenorphine before the first opioid is out of their system, the buprenorphine will block some of the effect of the first opioid, which can precipitate withdrawal symptoms.

If I can provide any clarification, please let me know.

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