Both Suboxone and methadone are powerful pain relievers. Another strength the two drugs have is their ability to help individuals addicted to stronger opioids, such as heroin or morphine, overcome their withdrawal symptoms once they’ve stopped using.

Suboxone and methadone’s ability to do this stems from both drugs having agonist properties. Suboxone is a partial opiate agonist, which means its side effects are limited, while methadone is a full opiate agonist.

Both drugs are synthetic opioids, and have distinct advantages and disadvantages when introduced to a user.



Methadone predates Suboxone as a treatment drug. The problem with methadone is its own power; the drug has extremely high addiction strength. In fact, former heroin users complain that methadone, which they used to get off heroin, is harder to detox from than heroin itself.

This opened the door for Suboxone, which is a much milder type of agonist, as well as less addictive. This is the reason Suboxone is called a partial opiate agonist. It lets you gradually get over your addiction through its light doses.

Methadone, on the other hand, whacks you hard with your first dose. Sure, you forget about your issues with heroin, because within a week or so, you will already be addicted to a new drug; methadone.

To be sure, “safe” or “safer” may not be the best way to rate Suboxone over methadone. Let’s just say Suboxone isn’t as dangerous to the user as methadone, which is truly the only reason the drug’s around. Suboxone contains much less power than methadone. And when a drug has less power, it takes more of it to addict someone.

This is why anyone using methadone has to physically come into a rehabilitation center for follow-up dosages. Suboxone, on the other hand, is practically a take-home drug, while methadone rarely sees the outside of a clinic.

Of course, this doesn’t mean you can’t overdose on Suboxone. Like any opioid, synthetic or natural, addiction is very easy. Consult your medical professional before you begin either of these drugs.

Here are some other facts regarding Suboxone:

  • For people with heavy opiate habits and serious addiction, Suboxone cannot provideeffective relief from withdrawal symptoms. Methadone works better for such individuals.
  • Withdrawal symptoms of a Suboxone detox are generally less severe than methadone detox.
  • The risk of a fatal overdose on Suboxone is less than with methadone.



Although Suboxone and methadone have similar side effects, with methadone, those side effects appear to arrive more quickly and much more powerfully than they do with Suboxone.

Here are some of the common side effects found in Suboxone:

  • Drug dependence
  • Suboxone side effects may intensify when administered with other drugs
  • Increased allergic reactions
  • Difficulty breathing, closing of the throat, swelling of the lips, tongue and/or face, dizziness and confusion
  • Decreased appetite



Interestingly enough, Suboxone and methadone share many of the same side effects, which on a larger scale, are shared by all the opioids. But because methadone is so much stronger than Suboxone, it tends to have two levels of side effects. The most intense side effects are:

  • Allergic reaction
  • Swelling of the face, lips, tongue and throat
  • Hallucinations, chest pain, dizziness, fainting
  • Fast or pounding heartbeat; trouble breathing, feeling light headed.

Less intense side effects include:

  • Feeling anxious, nervous, or restless
  • Insomnia, feeling weak or drowsy
  • Dry mouth, nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea, constipation; blurred vision; insomnia; loss of appetite; or sexual impairment.

There is a lot to fear with either of these drugs. Consult your doctor or healthcare professional as to which medication is best for your needs.

If you feel you or a loved one has an issue with Suboxone, contact BLVD Treatment Centers. At BLVD Treatment Centers we custom tailor our recovery programs within the safe and nurturing confines of our rehab treatment centers. Located throughout California, in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and in Portland, OR, our mission is to assess the severity of your addiction to help you achieve true recovery within 30 days. Call us now at 1-866.582.9844.