Saturday, July 11, 2009

Long Term Bupenorphine

A study done by Dr. George Woody, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Psychiatry has shown that teens treated for addiction to heroin or prescription painkillers are less likely to continue using these drugs if they receive extended treatment using the combination of bupenorphine and naloxone.

The study shows that by week 12, patients who received extended therapy compared to those who received short term therapy had fewer positive opioid urine tests. Still, at week 12, 43% of those on extended buprenorphine/naloxone had positive urine tests.

The researchers conclude that keeping the patients on long term buprenorphine/naloxone therapy will keep them opiate free for longer.

This may be true, however at The Coleman Institute we are meeting more and more people struggling to get off their bupenorphine. Many were initially started with the intention of getting off narcotics, and have been taking bupenorphine for over a year. Most people who use this medication have no idea of its addictive potential, and in fact, it does not affect everyone in the same way.

A detox off bupenorphine is an eight day program at The Coleman Institute because of the strong binding affinity it has to the opiate receptors. If you or someone you love has withdrawal symptoms when trying to stop bupenorphine, feel free to give us a call or set up a consult visit.

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