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How do doctors decide if one should be treated with methadone or suboxone?

The criteria to start methadone versus suboxone can be different. To start methadone, you have to be documented as using drugs more than 12 months, whereas the criteria for suboxone are looser, and it’s better if the person has been using for less than 12 months. There is an age limit of 18 on methadone versus an age limit of 16 on suboxone. Counseling is also required to receive methadone; suboxone doesn’t require counseling, but it is highly advised. When it comes to treatment retention, suboxone is pretty good but a little less effective in keeping people clean.

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