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Is suboxone safer than methadone in treating addiction?

Suboxone is considered safer than methadone, and doctors can prescribe it in an outpatient setting because it has a ceiling on its ability to cause respiratory depression. What this means is that after a certain dose, it doesn’t further depress the respiratory center, even if you give a higher dose. Therefore, overdose fatalities are less likely versus a full agonist with methadone, where if you do take more, you will get more respiratory depression. 

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