A 36-year-old member asked:

Docs, could my obgyn prescribe methadone or even subutex?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
A Verified Doctoranswered
Addiction Medicine 51 years experience
Depends on for what: Methadone can be prescribed as a pain medicine by any physician with a dea class ii certificate. Buprenorphine can be prescribed for pain off-label by anyone with a class iii certificate. However, if your problem is addiction, Methadone can only be prescribed in a licensed program, and Buprenorphine requires a physician with the dea waiver. If you have addiction and they prescribe, they break law.
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