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Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD)

What is medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD)?
  • MOUD is a medication treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD). When used as prescribed, it can decrease your chance of overdose, death, or getting infections related to drug use
  • MOUD is a proven life-saving treatment for opioid addiction
  • MOUD works by treating withdrawal symptoms and reducing cravings.
  • MOUD can be used in combination with counseling and therapy to help you stop using opioids.
Methadone
  • Methadone prevents withdrawal and decreases cravings
  • Daily pill, liquid, or wafer
  • Dose adjusted based on your needs
Naltrexone (Vivitrol)
  • Naltrexone blocks the effects of opioids
  • Monthly injection
  • If you take opioids or heroin, you won’t feel high
  • You must be free from opioids for at least 7-10 days before starting Naltrexone
  • It is also used to treat alcohol use disorder
  • Before stopping, please talk to your provider
Buprenorphine
  • Buprenorphine blocks the effects of other opioids or heroin, prevents withdrawal and decreases cravings
  • Can be prescribed at addiction treatment centers or by some primary care providers
Types of buprenorphine:
Subutex
  • Contains only buprenorphine
  • Sublingual (under the tongue) pill
Suboxone
  • Contains buprenorphine AND naloxone
  • Pill or film
Sublocade
  • Monthly injection
  • Don’t have to remember to take a pill every day
  • Must be on stable sublingual (under the tongue) dose before starting