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How do your facilities determine the proper prescriptions or dose levels of methadone? | Opioid Addiction Treatment Services

Methadone is a medication, and like all medications, proper dosing is contingent upon the patient's individual needs. Taken orally, methadone is rapidly absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract, appears in plasma 30 minutes after ingestion, and peaks one hour later. Methadone is also widely distributed to body tissues where it is stored and then released into the plasma. This combination of storage and release keeps the patient comfortable by preventing withdrawal. As is the case for any other medication (such as insulin or anti-hypertensives), proper dosing is determined through the doctor-patient relationship, taking into account the patient's medical assessment, individual metabolic needs, and other medical conditions and existing treatments.

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Q: We already have suboxone clinics in this area – why do we need methadone? Is methadone better than suboxone for treating opioid addiction?

For many individuals, suboxone (buprenorphine plus naloxone) is an effective first-option for opioid addiction treatment, but it does not work for all patients. This treatment modality is very similar to methadone treatment in that it involves the administration of a legal opioid (buprenorphine) to stabilize the biochemistry of the opioid-dependent person. The active ingredient, buprenorphine, […]

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