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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807904/no-clinically-relevant-drug-drug-interactions-between-methadone-or-buprenorphine-naloxone-and-anti-viral-combination-glecaprevir-and-pibrentasvir
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Matthew Kosloski, Weihan Zhao, Armen Asatryan, Jens Kort, Pierre Geoffroy, Wei Liu
The combination of glecaprevir (formerly ABT-493), a nonstructural (NS) protein 3/4A protease inhibitor, and pibrentasvir (formerly ABT-530), a NS5A protein inhibitor, is being developed as treatment for HCV genotype 1-6 infection. The pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, safety, and tolerability of methadone or buprenorphine/naloxone when coadministered with the glecaprevir and pibrentasvir combination in HCV-negative subjects on stable opioid maintenance therapy were investigated in a Phase 1, single-center, two-arm, multiple-dose, open-label sequential study...
August 14, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804788/pro-dopamine-regulator-kb220-to-balance-brain-reward-circuitry-in-reward-deficiency-syndrome-rds
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Kenneth Blum, Marcelo Febo, Lyle Fried, David Baron, Eric R Braverman, Kristina Dushaj, Mona Li, Zsolt Demetrovics, Rajendra D Badgaiyan
We are faced with a worldwide opiate/opioid epidemic that is devastating. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least 127 people, young and old, are dying every day in America due to narcotic overdose. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Medication-Assisted Treatments (MATs) for opiate/opioids as well as alcohol and nicotine. The mechanism of action of most MATS favors either blocking of dopaminergic function or a form of Opiate Substitution Therapy (OST). These treatment options are adequate for short-term treatment of the symptoms of addiction and harm reduction but fail long-term to deal with the cause or lead to recovery...
2017: Journal of Reward Deficiency Syndrome and Addiction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802938/impulse-control-and-related-disorders-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Daniel Weintraub, Daniel O Claassen
Impulse control disorders (ICDs), such as compulsive gambling, buying, sexual, and eating behaviors, are a serious and increasingly recognized complication in Parkinson's disease (PD), occurring in up to 20% of PD patients over the course of their illness. Related behaviors include punding (stereotyped, repetitive, purposeless behaviors), dopamine dysregulation syndrome (DDS) (compulsive medication overuse), and hobbyism (e.g., compulsive internet use, artistic endeavors, and writing). These disorders have a significant impact on quality of life and function, strain interpersonal relationships, and worsen caregiver burden, and are associated with significant psychiatric comorbidity...
2017: International Review of Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802093/clinical-aspects-of-opium-adulterated-with-lead-in-iran-a-review
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Samira Alinejad, Jan Aaseth, Mohammad Abdollahi, Hossein Hassanian-Moghaddam, Omid Mehrpour
Adulteration of drugs with poisonous substances during production or consumption has caused numerous health problems. Among contaminants that have the potential of producing poisonous effects are the heavy metals lead, arsenic and thallium that make up an important group of toxic substances. The emergence of these new health problems related to opioid abuse has precipitated this MiniReview on the status of the most hazardous and common opioid adulterants. In fact, adulterated opium is a major public health problem and can threaten the health of users...
August 12, 2017: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798303/understanding-the-molecular-basis-of-agonist-antagonist-mechanism-of-human-mu-opioid-receptor-through-gaussian-accelerated-molecular-dynamics-method
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Yeng-Tseng Wang, Yang-Hsiang Chan
The most powerful analgesic and addictive properties of opiate alkaloids are mediated by the μ opioid receptor (MOR). The MOR has been extensively investigated as a drug target in the twentieth century, with numerous compounds of varying efficacy being identified. We employed molecular dynamics and Gaussian accelerated molecular dynamics techniques to identify the binding mechanisms of MORs to BU72 (agonist) and β-funaltrexamine (antagonist). Our approach theoretically suggests that the 34 residues (Lys209-Phe221 and Ile301-Cys321) of the MORs were the key regions enabling the two compounds to bind to the active site of the MORs...
August 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795846/a-novel-non-opioid-protocol-for-medically-supervised-opioid-withdrawal-and-transition-to-antagonist-treatment
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Gregory Rudolf, Jim Walsh, Abigail Plawman, Paul Gianutsos, William Alto, Lloyd Mancl, Vania Rudolf
BACKGROUND: The clinical feasibility of a novel non-opioid and benzodiazepine-free protocol was assessed for the treatment of medically supervised opioid withdrawal and transition to subsequent relapse prevention strategies. METHODS: A retrospective chart review of DSM-IV diagnosed opioid-dependent patients admitted for inpatient medically supervised withdrawal examined 84 subjects (52 males, 32 females) treated with a 4-day protocol of scheduled tizanidine, hydroxyzine, and gabapentin...
August 10, 2017: American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793780/iatrogenic-opioid-withdrawal-in-critically-ill-patients-a-review-of-assessment-tools-and-management
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Ada W Chiu, Sofia Contreras, Sangeeta Mehta, Jennifer Korman, Marc M Perreault, David R Williamson, Lisa D Burry
OBJECTIVE: To (1) provide an overview of the epidemiology, clinical presentation, and risk factors of iatrogenic opioid withdrawal in critically ill patients and (2) conduct a literature review of assessment and management of iatrogenic opioid withdrawal in critically ill patients. DATA SOURCES: We searched MEDLINE (1946-June 2017), EMBASE (1974-June 2017), and CINAHL (1982-June 2017) with the terms opioid withdrawal, opioid, opiate, critical care, critically ill, assessment tool, scale, taper, weaning, and management...
August 1, 2017: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792290/pearls-and-pitfalls-for-prescribing-opioids-in-a-climate-of-increased-provider-scrutiny
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Joanna Gedzior, Arlen Kwong
In August 2016, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA, issued a letter to healthcare providers requesting aid in addressing "an urgent health crisis facing America: the opioid epidemic." In this article, we address some of the more poignant challenges that surface in treating patients with opiate addiction. We provide an outline of recommendations from the leading medical organizations to educate primary care providers on how to navigate patients to decreased or discontinued medication loads.
March 2017: International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780196/can-we-reduce-morphine-use-in-elderly-proximal-femoral-fracture-patients-using-a-fascia-iliac-block
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Al-Amin M Kassam, Anthony T Gough, Joanna Davies, Rathan Yarlagadda
Proximal femoral fractures are becoming increasingly common with an ageing population. Many patients have multiple comorbidities increasing their risk of opiate complications. 40 consecutive patients presenting with a proximal femoral fracture to a trauma centre in the UK were given either a Fascia Iliaca Block (FIB) with oral analgesia or just oral analgesia to control their pre-operative pain. Numeric pain scores and morphine consumption were used as outcome measures. Patients receiving a FIB had significant reduction in their pain scores compared to patients only receiving oral pain relief...
August 2, 2017: Geriatric Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776146/a-focused-addiction-curriculum-and-its-impact-on-student-knowledge-attitudes-and-confidence-in-the-treatment-of-patients-with-substance-use
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Robert J Feeley, David T Moore, Kirsten Wilkins, Brian Fuehrlein
BACKGROUND: Assessment of attitudes towards addiction in medical students has largely gone unexplored. This study examines the impact of a supplemental substance use disorder curriculum in the psychiatry clerkship on medical student attitudes towards addiction. METHODS: The curriculum was only administered to students at one clerkship site. Subsequently, medical students were surveyed across all sites regarding their attitudes towards addiction. RESULTS: The survey response rate was 37...
August 3, 2017: Academic Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768409/opiates-and-plasticity-in-the-ventral-tegmental-area
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Ludovic D Langlois, Fereshteh S Nugent
Opioids are among the most effective pain relievers, however their abuse has been on the rise worldwide evident from an alarming increase in accidental opioid overdoses. This demands for an urgent increase in scientific endeavors for better understanding of main cellular mechanisms and circuits involved in opiate addiction. Preclinical studies strongly suggest that memories associated with positive and negative opioid experiences are critical in promoting compulsive opiate-seeking and opiate-taking behaviors, and relapse...
August 3, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765624/metacognitive-deficiency-in-a-perceptual-but-not-a-memory-task-in-methadone-maintenance-patients
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Saeedeh Sadeghi, Hamed Ekhtiari, Bahador Bahrami, Majid Nili Ahmadabadi
Drug addiction has been associated with lack of insight into one's own abilities. However, the scope of metacognition impairment among drug users in general and opiate dependent individuals in particular is not fully understood. Investigating the impairments of metacognitive ability in Substance Dependent Individuals (SDIs) in different cognitive tasks could contribute to the ongoing debate over whether metacognition has domain-general or domain-specific neural substrates. We compared metacognitive self-monitoring ability of a group of SDIs during methadone maintenance treatment (n = 23) with a control group (n = 24) in a memory and a visual perceptual task...
August 1, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765472/high-on-drugs-lessons-from-opiates-in-pancreatitis
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Vijay P Singh
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 1, 2017: Gut
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761409/psychoactive-substance-use-among-methadone-maintenance-therapy-clients-in-china
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Chunqing Lin, Xiaobin Cao, Li Li
A proportion of methadone maintenance therapy (MMT) clients in China shifted their substance use habit from opiate to psychoactive substances. The objective of this study was to examine the pattern and associated factors of psychoactive substance use among MMT clients. The study was conducted among 2,448 clients from 68 MMT clinics of China. The type and frequency of psychoactive substance use were self-reported. About 38.1% (N=933) of the participants reported psychoactive substance use in lifetime, and 6...
August 2017: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758767/posttraumatic-stress-disorder-in-opioid-agonist-therapy-a-review
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Anthony H Ecker, Natalie Hundt
OBJECTIVE: Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and opioid use disorder (OUD) co-occur at high rates, and this co-occurrence is associated with a range of problems related to mental and physical health. OUD is commonly treated with opioid agonist therapies (OAT), which have been shown to be effective for reducing opiate use and related negative health consequences. Given the high comorbidity of PTSD and OUD, many individuals in OAT have PTSD and continue to experience symptoms of both disorders despite OAT treatment...
July 31, 2017: Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756090/single-oral-dose-of-cannabinoid-derivate-loaded-plga-nanocarriers-relieves-neuropathic-pain-for-eleven-days
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E Berrocoso, R Rey-Brea, M Fernández-Arévalo, J A Micó, Lucía Martín-Banderas
Neuropathic pain, resistant to opiates and other drugs, is a chronic/persistent state with a complex treatment and often poor efficacy. In this scenario, cannabinoids are increasingly regarded as a genuine alternative. In this paper, and in an experimental animal model of neuropathic pain, we studied the efficacy of three kinds of PLGA nanoparticles containing synthetic cannabinoid CB13: (i) plain nanoparticles (PLGA); (ii) particles coated with PEG chains (PLGA+PEG) and (iii) particles possessing hydrophilic surfaces obtained by covalently binding PEG chains (PLGA-PEG)...
July 26, 2017: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753045/an-internet-based-survey-of-96-german-speaking-users-of-bath-salts-frequent-complications-risky-sexual-behavior-violence-and-delinquency
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Sabrina Schmoll, Katrin Romanek, Raphael Stich, Elias Bekka, Jochen Stenzel, Stefanie Geith, Florian Eyer, Christian Rabe
OBJECTIVE: To define the demographics of German-speaking "bath salt" users. DESIGN: Prospective web-based survey of volunteer users of "bath salts". Subject recruitment/exclusion: Participation was solicited by posts in web forums frequented by users of synthetic cathinones. An invitation to participate was also disseminated via regional drug information centers. Responses were discarded if participants refused data analysis, provided incomplete surveys, were under 18 years of age (five cases), and in case of clearly improbable answers (i...
July 28, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752329/reward-and-punishment-based-compound-cue-learning-and-generalization-in-opiate-dependency
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Justin Mahlberg, Paul Haber, Kirsten Morley, Gabrielle Weidemann, Lee Hogarth, Kevin D Beck, Catherine E Myers, Ahmed A Moustafa
Substance dependence is thought to be mediated by abnormalities in cognitive abilities, but how this impacts decision-making remains unclear. This study aimed to test whether people who are opiate dependent differed from never-dependent controls in learning from reward and punishment or in the generalization of learning to novel conditions. Participants with opiate dependency consisted of 21 people who were outpatients in a methadone maintenance program; the control group consisted of 21 healthy participants with no histories of substance abuse...
July 27, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746153/a-randomized-controlled-trial-of-postoperative-thoracic-epidural-analgesia-versus-intravenous-patient-controlled-analgesia-after-major-hepatopancreatobiliary-surgery
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Thomas A Aloia, Bradford J Kim, Yun Shin Segraves-Chun, Juan P Cata, Mark J Truty, Qiuling Shi, Alexander Holmes, Jose M Soliz, Keyuri U Popat, Thomas F Rahlfs, Jeffrey E Lee, Xin Shelley Wang, Jeffrey S Morris, Vijaya N R Gottumukkala, Jean-Nicolas Vauthey
OBJECTIVES: The primary objective of this randomized trial was to compare thoracic epidural analgesia (TEA) to intravenous patient-controlled analgesia (IV-PCA) for pain control over the first 48 hours after hepatopancreatobiliary (HPB) surgery. Secondary endpoints were patient-reported outcomes, total narcotic utilization, and complications. BACKGROUND: Although adequate postoperative pain control is critical to patient and surgeon success, the optimal analgesia regimen in HPB surgery remains controversial...
July 25, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742427/a-comparison-of-multimodal-analgesic-approaches-in-institutional-eras-protocols-for-colorectal-surgery-pharmacological-agents
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Erik M Helander, Michael P Webb, Meghan Bias, Edward E Whang, Alan D Kaye, Richard D Urman
INTRODUCTION: Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS(®)) protocols are the cornerstone of improved recovery after colorectal surgery. Their implementation leads to reduced morbidity and shorter hospital stays while attenuating the surgical stress response. Multimodal analgesia is an important part of ERAS protocols. We compared and contrasted protocols from 15 institutions to test our hypothesis that there is a fundamental consensus among them. MATERIALS AND METHODS: ERAS protocols for open and laparoscopic colorectal surgery were compared from 15 different healthcare facilities...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. Part A
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