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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29231146/comparison-of-two-naloxone-regimens-in-addicted-methadone-overdosed-patients-a-clinical-trial-study
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Navid Khosravi, Nasim Zamani, Hossein Hassanian-Moghaddam, Ali Ostadi, Mitra Rahimi, Ali Kabir
BACKGROUND: Methadone toxicity is one of the major causes of death in opioid dependent individuals. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to compare two different protocols for naloxone in terms of reversal of overdose and frequency of complications in opioid-dependent methadone-intoxicated patients. METHODS: One-hundred opioid-dependent patients with signs/symptoms of methadone overdose were included. The patients were consecutively assigned into Tintinalli (group 1) or Goldfrank regimen protocol (group 2) of naloxone administration...
December 11, 2017: Current Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222992/inflammatory-chemokine-eotaxin-1-is-correlated-with-age-in-heroin-dependent-patients-under-methadone-maintenance-therapy
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Hsiang-Wei Kuo, Tung-Hsia Liu, Hsiao-Hui Tsou, Ya-Ting Hsu, Sheng-Chang Wang, Chiu-Ping Fang, Chia-Chen Liu, Andrew C H Chen, Yu-Li Liu
BACKGROUND: Degeneration of central neurons and fibers has been observed in postmortem brains of heroin dependent patients. However, there are no biomarkers to predict the severity of neurodegeneration related to heroin dependence. A correlation has been reported between inflammatory C-C motif chemokine ligand 11 (CCL11, or eotaxin-1) and neurodegeneration in Alzheimer's disease. METHODS: Three-hundred-forty-four heroin dependent, Taiwanese patients under methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) were included with clinical assessment and genomics information...
November 28, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220615/medication-assisted-treatment-mat-for-opioid-addiction-introduction-to-the-special-issue
#3
Karen McElrath, Herman Joseph
Several countries are experiencing public health crises as a result of opioid addiction. Fatal overdoses have reached record highs in many regions and Hepatitis C virus is the norm among people who inject drugs in several countries. Thus, providing for the global availability of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction is more important than ever. In this article, we introduce readers to the collection of papers that appear in this special issue on MAT for opioid addiction. We describe the articles and commentaries thematically to include topics that address 1) the contemporary history of methadone maintenance, 2) the provision of and access and barriers to MAT, 3) compliance and outcomes of MAT, 4) health issues among MAT patients, 5) race, ethnicity, and social class backgrounds of MAT patients, 6) criminalization and stigma, and 7) challenges associated with the expansion of MAT...
December 8, 2017: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29207922/effect-of-steady-state-methadone-on-high-fructose-corn-syrup-consumption-in-rats
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Stephen Daniels, Mick Pratt, Yan Zhou, Francesco Leri
Patients undergoing methadone maintenance treatment self-report enhanced preferences for, and excessive consumption of, foods rich in sugar. However, it is unclear whether these are direct pharmacological effects of methadone or the consequences of metabolic dysfunctions induced by addiction to illicit opiates. Hence, the current study in drug-naïve male Sprague-Dawley rats explored the effects of steady-state methadone delivered by osmotic mini-pumps (13 days; 0, 10, 30 mg/kg/day) on consumption of rat chow and a palatable, sweet, liquid high fructose corn syrup solution...
December 1, 2017: Journal of Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29200050/a-call-for-compassionate-care
#5
Karen Alexander
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2014) reported that 1.1% of pregnant women used nonprescription opiates (either heroin or prescription pills) in the last 30 days. Methadone and buprenorphine are the most common treatments for opiate addiction in pregnant women. Reasons for seeking opiate maintenance treatment (OMT) include keeping custody of one's children and the hope of developing a healthy parenting relationship. Yet, healthcare organizations and professionals have mixed opinions regarding health promotion within the maternal OMT population...
October 2017: Journal of Addictions Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29181552/-nephrotic-syndrome-and-microhematuria-in-a-patient-with-nutcracker-syndrome-report-of-a-case-and-review-of-the-literature
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N Schöffel, R-M Liehr, C Bünger, K Krüger, D Rubin
We report about a 43-year-old woman with polyvalent drug addiction (i.e. alcohol, nicotine, methadone maintenance program with parallel consumption of heroin) who presented to the emergency department with peripheral edema, generalized weakness, and arthralgia. Laboratory findings revealed, among others, proteinuria, hyperlipoproteinemia and hypoproteinemia defining nephrotic syndrome. Computed tomography of the abdomen and iliocavography further revealed compression of left renal vein between aorta and superior mesenteric artery with distention of left ovarian vein as a possible cause of nephrotic syndrome (i...
November 27, 2017: Der Internist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29180560/dysrhythmias-with-loperamide-used-for-opioid-withdrawal
#7
Nicki D Vithalani, Christopher Heron, Ravishankar E Rao, Anthony F Cardell, Mark B Stephens
The antidiarrheal loperamide has had a recent, drastic increase in off-label use as an alternative treatment for symptoms of opioid withdrawal. The concept of this is easily discovered on the Internet and social media, where there are multiple blogs and forums promoting loperamide use at doses of 70 to 200 mg per day. Unfortunately, the serious side effects are not well recognized. Multiple cases of cardiac dysrhythmias contributing to death have been highlighted in recent literature. In November 2016, the US Food & Drug Administration released a statement highlighting the potential heart effects and risk of death with high doses of loperamide...
November 2017: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29179753/development-and-psychometric-properties-of-a-questionnaire-to-measure-drug-users-attitudes-toward-methadone-maintenance-treatment-duammt-in-iran
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Maryam Khazaee-Pool, Zohreh Arefi, Daem Roshani, Tahereh Pashaei, Koen Ponnet
BACKGROUND: Assessing drug users' attitudes towards different kinds of addiction treatment is necessary to design tailored strategies. The aim of the present study is to develop and examine the psychometric properties of a new scale, called the DUAMMT, for assessing drug users' attitudes toward methadone maintenance treatment in Iran. METHODS: A multi-phase development method was applied in developing an instrument from February to December 2016. The item generation and scale development were performed through literature review, a qualitative approach, and interviews with an expert panel...
November 28, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29174584/vocal-assessment-of-addicts-on-methadone-therapy-via-the-rbh-scale-and-objective-acoustic-parameters
#9
Veljko Mirkov, Slobodan M Mitrović
INTRODUCTION: A large number of people around the world struggle daily to become free of their addiction to illegal psychoactive substances. In order to create an atmosphere of improved supervision, established communication and improved quality of life for drug addicts, centers have been set up to provide methadone as a substitute. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the research was to assess the vocal features of drug addicts on methadone therapy via subjective and objective parameters, to ascertain if vocal damage has occurred and to determine whether subjective and objective acoustic vocal parameters are related, and how...
November 10, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29172826/testing-nursing-sensitive-outcomes-in-out-patient-drug-addicts-with-nursing-role-effectiveness-model
#10
Paulo Rosário Carvalho Seabra, José Joaqui Penedos Amendoeira, Luis Octávio Sá
Our aim was to identify factors that contribute to a better outcome in drug users and to understand the effectiveness of nursing interventions, by applying "Nursing Role Effectiveness Model" (NREM). It's a correlational, cross-sectional study with 180 drug users in a methadone program, randomly selected from three community services. We identified that treatment time, lower co-morbidities, less poly-drug use, family support and being employed contribute to a better quality of life, better mental health, less substance addiction consequences and more satisfaction with nursing care (p < 0...
November 27, 2017: Issues in Mental Health Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155916/a-novel-strategy-to-address-unmeasured-confounding-when-comparing-opioid-agonist-therapies-in-pregnancy
#11
Lara S Lemon
Opioid addiction in pregnancy is a growing concern that has recently received a lot of attention. When comparing recommended opioid agonist therapies, many currently published studies guiding practice may be impacted by unmeasured confounding by indication. Populations of women who receive methadone are generally different from those treated with buprenorphine. Women treated with methadone frequently have more severe and uncontrolled addiction compared with buprenorphine treated patients; however, these factors are typically unmeasured or unavailable in large observational data sets...
November 16, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143398/a-retrospective-cohort-study-of-the-health-of-children-prenatally-exposed-to-methadone-buprenorphine-or-naltrexone-compared-with-non-exposed-control-children
#12
Erin Kelty, Gary Hulse
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Little is known about the health of children exposed to opioid pharmacotherapies in utero. This study aims to examine the health of children from birth to 5 years of age, who were exposed to methadone, buprenorphine, or naltrexone with non-exposed children. METHODS: Children were identified by linking the treatment records of women treated with one of the three opioid pharmacotherapies with midwife notifications. Live-born children exposed to methadone (n = 198), buprenorphine (n = 122), naltrexone (n = 67) in utero, and neonates not prenatally exposed to opioids (n = 387) born between 2001 and 2011 in Western Australia were included in the study...
November 16, 2017: American Journal on Addictions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135117/what-is-the-connection-between-serum-phosphorus-cancer-and-heroin-a-medical-hypothesis-based-on-observational-studies
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Vassilis Kouloulias, Christos-David Papaloucas, Aristofanis Papaloucas
Considering the results of a previous study in which 2321 regular heroin addicts who died without having stopped taking the drug since they had started - from various causes but none from cancer, may mean something. Our first thought was: Can't we hypothesize, reinforcing our previous view that heroin is a "barrier" against cancer and as the user gets in the methadone program he/she lacks the "barrier" and therefore is liable to develop cancer? We have already reported that the amount of blood phosphorus in heroin addicted is significantly lower than in healthy ones...
September 2017: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120275/ethnic-differences-in-psychosocial-factors-in-methadone-maintenance-hmong-versus-non-hmong
#14
Gavin Bart
Little is known about the characteristics of U.S.-based Asian populations undergoing methadone maintenance treatment for opioid use disorders. We evaluated psychosocial factors in 76 Hmong and 130 non-Hmong on methadone maintenance for at least two months in a single urban methadone maintenance clinic. Assessments included the Addiction Severity Index 5th Edition, the Symptom Checklist-90, and the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Axis I Disorders. The Hmong were older, predominately male, and on lower doses of methadone than the non-Hmong...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114562/quality-of-life-of-adolescents-and-young-people-arrive-at-an-addiction-treatment-centers-upon-their-admission-and-1-4-and-8-months-after-methadone-maintenance-therapy
#15
Narges Sadeghi, Elham Davaridolatabadi, Azam Rahmani, Arash Ghodousi, Marzieh Ziaeirad
BACKGROUND: Drug abuse influences the quality of life significantly. Thus, the present study is designed to compare the quality of life of adolescents and young adults who have voluntarily referred to addiction treatment centers at different time slots of upon admission, and 1, 4, and 8 months after maintenance therapy. METHODS: The present paper is a longitudinal study on 141 of adolescents and young adults who had referred to various addiction treatment centers throughout Isfahan voluntarily...
2017: Journal of Education and Health Promotion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29112519/methadone-versus-buprenorphine-for-opioid-use-dependence-and-risk-of-neonatal-abstinence-syndrome
#16
Lara S Lemon, Steve N Caritis, Raman Venkataramanan, Robert W Platt, Lisa M Bodnar
BACKGROUND: Our objective was to estimate the association between methadone and neonatal abstinence syndrome compared with buprenorphine using a probabilistic bias analysis to account for unmeasured confounding by severity of addiction. METHODS: We used a cohort of live-born infants exposed in utero to methadone or buprenorphine for maternal opioid maintenance therapy at Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA from 2013-2015 (n=716). We determined exposure and outcome status using pharmacy billing claims...
November 6, 2017: Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29108376/pain-of-methadone-maintained-heroin-addicts-lonelier-individuals-feel-more-intense-pain
#17
Fu Li, Yan-Min Xu, Jun-Hong Zhu, Jin Lu, Bao-Liang Zhong
Managing pain in patients with heroin addiction is challenging, because most pain medications are addictive. A promising way to relieve pain of heroin addicts is to identify and address modifiable psychosocial factors associated with pain. This study examined the association between loneliness and pain intensity in Chinese heroin addicts receiving methadone maintenance treatment (MMT). A consecutive sample of 603 heroin addicts were recruited from three MMT clinics in Wuhan, China. Loneliness was assessed with a single question, and socio-demographic and clinical data were collected with a standardized questionnaire...
October 3, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29105663/exacerbated-craving-in-the-presence-of-stress-and-drug-cues-in-drug-dependent-patients
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Kenzie L Preston, William J Kowalczyk, Karran A Phillips, Michelle L Jobes, Massoud Vahabzadeh, Jia-Ling Lin, Mustapha Mezghanni, David H Epstein
In addiction, risk factors for craving and use include stress and drug-related cues. Stress and cues have additive or more-than-additive effects on drug seeking in laboratory animals, but, surprisingly, seem to compete with one another (ie, exert less-than-additive effects) in human laboratory studies of craving. We sought heretofore elusive evidence that human drug users could show additive (or more-than-additive) effects of stress and cues on craving, using ecological momentary assessment (EMA). Outpatients (N=182) maintained on daily buprenorphine or methadone provided self-reports of stress, craving, mood, and behavior on electronic diaries for up to 16 weeks...
November 6, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29084357/adverse-events-associated-with-medium-and-long-term-use-of-opioids-for-chronic-non-cancer-pain-an-overview-of-cochrane-reviews
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Charl Els, Tanya D Jackson, Diane Kunyk, Vernon G Lappi, Barend Sonnenberg, Reidar Hagtvedt, Sangita Sharma, Fariba Kolahdooz, Sebastian Straube
BACKGROUND: Chronic pain is common and can be challenging to manage. Despite increased utilisation of opioids, the safety and efficacy of long-term use of these compounds for chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP) remains controversial. This overview of Cochrane Reviews complements the overview entitled 'High-dose opioids for chronic non-cancer pain: an overview of Cochrane Reviews'. OBJECTIVES: To provide an overview of the occurrence and nature of adverse events associated with any opioid agent (any dose, frequency, or route of administration) used on a medium- or long-term basis for the treatment of CNCP in adults...
October 30, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29076627/forensic-toxicology-perspectives-of-methadone-associated-deaths-in-tehran-iran-a-seven-year-overview
#20
Maryam Akhgari, Noushin Amini-Shirazi, Fariba Sardari Iravani
Methadone has a long history of pain relief and successful substitute for maintenance treatment in heroin and narcotic addiction. The aim of the study was to assess the trends of methadone-associated deaths in Tehran, Iran, in 2009-2015, from a forensic toxicology point of view. All methadone-associated deaths during this 7-year study period were evaluated according to demographic parameters and forensic toxicology analysis results. Results showed that 1274 cases of methadone-associated deaths were investigated during the study period...
October 27, 2017: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
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