Bridget Oakley, Hester Wilson, Victoria Hayes, Nicholas Lintzeris
Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist commonly used to treat opioid dependence. The pharmacology of buprenorphine increases the risk of a precipitated opioid withdrawal when commencing patients on buprenorphine treatment, particularly when transferring from long acting opioids (e.g. methadone). There is little documented experience regarding the management of precipitated withdrawal. In our case, a patient developed a significant precipitated opioid withdrawal following buprenorphine administration, and was able to be successfully treated in hospital with further buprenorphine...
May 2021: Drug and Alcohol Review
Donna A Volpe, Grainne A McMahon Tobin, R Daniel Mellon, Aspandiar G Katki, Robert J Parker, Thomas Colatsky, Timothy J Kropp, S Leigh Verbois
The safe disposal of unused opioid drugs is an area of regulatory concern. While toilet flushing is recommended for some drugs to prevent accidental exposure, there is a need for data that can support a more consistent disposal policy based on an assessment of relative risk. For drugs acting at the Mu-opioid receptor (MOR), published measurements of binding affinity (K(i)) are incomplete and inconsistent due to differences in methodology and assay system, leading to a wide range of values for the same drug thus precluding a simple and meaningful relative ranking of drug potency...
April 2011: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
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