“Three types of medications are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help treat opioid addiction: buprenorphine, naltrexone and methadone.
Medication, used along with treatment, can raise one-year sobriety rates to 45 to 60 percent, much higher than a 20 to 30 percent rate with treatment alone, said Dr. Theodore Parran, an addiction specialist who teaches at Case Western Reserve University and is on staff at St. Vincent Medical Center.
Relapse rates are similar for the medications in the long run, although they haven’t been compared in a head-to-head study. All of them work best when paired with treatment and support, Parran said.
Here’s what we know about the medications.”
Source: Cleveland.com – May 1, 2017