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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531768/rosa-damascena-oil-improved-sexual-function-and-testosterone-in-male-patients-with-opium-use-disorder-under-methadone-maintenance-therapy-results-from-a-double-blind-randomized-placebo-controlled-clinical-trial
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Vahid Farnia, Faeze Tatari, Mostafa Alikhani, Jalal Shakeri, Moshen Taghizadeh, Hassan Karbasizadeh, Dena Sadeghi Bahmani, Edith Holsboer-Trachsler, Serge Brand
BACKGROUND: Some patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) are treated with methadone maintenance therapy (MMT). However, as with opioids, methadone has major side-effects; sexual dysfunction is a particularly distressing such effect. Rosa Damascena oil has been shown to reduce subjective sexual dysfunction in patients with major depressive disorders, but its influence on testosterone has not so far been tested. The aim of the present study was to investigate the influence of Rosa Damascena oil on sexual dysfunction and testosterone levels among male patients with OUD and undergoing MMT...
April 6, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488266/qt-interval-prolongation-in-opioid-agonist-treatment-analysis-of-continuous-12-lead-electrocardiogram-recordings
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Geoffrey K Isbister, Amanda L Brown, Anthony Gill, Alexander J Scott, Leonie Calver, Adrian J Dunlop
BACKGROUND: Methadone is a widely used opioid agonist treatment associated with QT prolongation and torsades des pointes. We investigated the QT interval in patients treated with methadone or buprenorphine using continuous 12-lead holter recordings. METHODS: We prospectively recorded 24 h holters in patients prescribed methadone or buprenorphine, compared to controls. After their normal dose a continuous 12-lead holter recorder was attached for 24 h. Digital electrocardiograms were extracted hourly from the holter recordings...
May 9, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485671/biased-and-less-sensitive-a-gamified-approach-to-delay-discounting-in-heroin-addiction
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Stefan Scherbaum, Paul Haber, Kirsten Morley, Dylan Underhill, Ahmed A Moustafa
INTRODUCTION: People with addiction will continue to use drugs despite adverse long-term consequences. We hypothesized (a) that this deficit persists during substitution treatment, and (b) that this deficit might be related not only to a desire for immediate gratification, but also to a lower sensitivity for optimal decision making. We investigated how individuals with a history of heroin addiction perform (compared to healthy controls) in a virtual reality delay discounting task. This novel task adds to established measures of delay discounting an assessment of the optimality of decisions, especially in how far decisions are influenced by a general choice bias and/or a reduced sensitivity to the relative value of the two alternative rewards...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481727/trends-in-opioid-use-disorder-diagnoses-and-medication-treatment-among-veterans-with-posttraumatic-stress-disorder
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Brian Shiner, Christine Leonard Westgate, Nancy C Bernardy, Paula P Schnurr, Bradley V Watts
OBJECTIVE: Despite long-standing interest in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and opioid use disorder (OUD) comorbidity, there is a paucity of data on the prevalence of OUD in patients with PTSD. Therefore, there is limited understanding of the use of medications for OUD in this population. We determined the prevalence of diagnosed OUD and use of medications for OUD in a large cohort of patients with PTSD. METHODS: We obtained administrative and pharmacy data for Veterans who initiated PTSD treatment in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) between 2004 and 2013 (n = 731,520)...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Dual Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480230/physician-decisions-to-defer-antiretroviral-therapy-in-key-populations-implications-for-reducing-human-immunodeficiency-virus-incidence-and-mortality-in-malaysia
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Enrico G Ferro, Gabriel J Culbert, Jeffrey A Wickersham, Ruthanne Marcus, Alana D Steffen, Heather A Pauls, Ryan P Westergaard, Christopher K Lee, Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Frederick L Altice
BACKGROUND: Antiretroviral therapy (ART) is recommended for all people living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), yet physician attitudes and prescribing behaviors toward members of key risk populations may limit ART access and undermine treatment as prevention strategies. METHODS: Physicians in Malaysia (N = 214) who prescribe antiretroviral therapy (ART) responded in an Internet-based survey to hypothetical clinical scenarios of HIV patients, varying by key risk population and CD4(+) T-cell count, on whether they would initiate or defer ART compared with a control patient with sexually acquired HIV...
2017: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458076/a-comparison-of-bone-quality-and-its-determinants-in-young-opioid-dependent-women-with-healthy-control-group
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Zenghui Ding, Yanyan Chen, Xi Wang, Xu Zhou, Yang Xu, Zuchang Ma, Yining Sun, Ming Jiang
BACKGROUND: Little is known about bone quality and its determinants in patients with opioid addiction. The goal of this study was to compare bone quality and its determinants in young opioid addicted women with a local group of young healthy women. METHOD: Using cross-sectional design, 104 women (mean age 29.9 yrs, range: 20-40 yrs, SD=7.8) with previous opioid addiction and current methadone substitution (3-30mg, daily) for 1-16 weeks were compared to 117 healthy women (mean age 31...
April 13, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419384/risk-factors-for-serious-prescription-opioid-induced-respiratory-depression-or-overdose-comparison-of-commercially-insured-and-veterans-health-affairs-populations
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Pramit A Nadpara, Andrew R Joyce, E Lenn Murrelle, Nathan W Carroll, Norman V Carroll, Marie Barnard, Barbara K Zedler
Objective. : To characterize the risk factors associated with overdose or serious opioid-induced respiratory depression (OIRD) among medical users of prescription opioids in a commercially insured population (CIP) and to compare risk factor profiles between the CIP and Veterans Health Administration (VHA) population. Subjects and Methods. : Analysis of data from 18,365,497 patients in the IMS PharMetrics Plus health plan claims database (CIP) who were dispensed a prescription opioid in 2009 to 2013...
April 13, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418966/clinical-effectiveness-and-safety-of-intraoperative-methadone-in-patients-undergoing-posterior-spinal-fusion-surgery-a-randomized-double-blinded-controlled-trial
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Glenn S Murphy, Joseph W Szokol, Michael J Avram, Steven B Greenberg, Torin D Shear, Mark A Deshur, Jeffery S Vender, Jessica Benson, Rebecca L Newmark
BACKGROUND: Patients undergoing spinal fusion surgery often experience severe pain during the first three postoperative days. The aim of this parallel-group randomized trial was to assess the effect of the long-duration opioid methadone on postoperative analgesic requirements, pain scores, and patient satisfaction after complex spine surgery. METHODS: One hundred twenty patients were randomized to receive either methadone 0.2 mg/kg at the start of surgery or hydromorphone 2 mg at surgical closure...
May 2017: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414496/impaired-psychomotor-function-and-plasma-methadone-and-levo-alpha-acetylmethadol-laam-concentrations-in-opioid-substitution-patients
#9
David A L Newcombe, Andrew A Somogyi, Felix Bochner, Jason M White
Tolerance to the psychomotor impairing effects of opioid drugs is expected to develop with repeated dosing, but may be incomplete. The relationship between plasma opioid concentration and psychomotor function in opioid-dependent patients was examined to determine whether impairment was more likely at the time of highest plasma drug concentration. Sixteen patients participating in a cross-over trial comparing methadone and LAAM completed a tracking task (OSPAT) 11 times over the dosing-interval for methadone (24-hrs) and LAAM (48-hrs)...
June 2017: Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358229/intractable-acute-pain-related-to-fluoroquinolone-induced-peripheral-neuropathy
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Matthew Dukewich, Arash Danesh, Chiemeka Onyima, Anita Gupta
Fluoroquinolones are widely prescribed antibiotics, used for various infectious etiologies. These antibiotics carry the possibility of the serious adverse effect of peripheral neuropathy, with a true incidence not known owing to its rare existence. Recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has required alterations to drug labels to highlight this adverse effect of fluoroquinolones. This is a case report of a single patient at an inpatient neurology service at an urban academic medical center in the United States...
March 30, 2017: Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343821/use-of-chronic-methadone-before-total-knee-arthroplasty
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Ferdinand J Chan, Andrew M Schwartz, Jason Wong, Cynthia Chen, Bharat Tiwari, Sun Jin Kim
BACKGROUND: A subset of patients who undergo total knee arthroplasty (TKA) are on methadone maintenance. They require more and often unpredictable quantities of opioids to function as effective painkillers. This study aims to compare the opioid requirements and the immediate postoperative course for patients on methadone maintenance with those who are not, after a TKA. METHODS: A retrospective, case-control study was performed. From 2005 to 2010, 36 patients, who underwent a unilateral TKA, on chronic methadone maintenance were identified...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343774/immunogenicity-and-safety-of-a-high-dose-hepatitis-b-vaccine-among-patients-receiving-methadone-maintenance-treatment-a-randomized-double-blinded-parallel-controlled-trial
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Jing Shi, Yongliang Feng, Linying Gao, Dan Feng, Tian Yao, Shan Shi, Yawei Zhang, Xiaofeng Liang, Suping Wang
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: To explore whether the immunization with high-dose (60μg) hepatitis B vaccines in patients receiving methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) could yield a superior protection against hepatitis B infection than did the standard dose (20μg). METHODS: We conducted a randomized, double-blinded, parallel-controlled trial in MMT patients. Patients with serologically negative hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) and hepatitis B surface antibody (anti-HBs) were randomized in a ratio of 1:1 to receive three intramuscular injections of 20μg or 60μg recombinant hepatitis B vaccine at months 0, 1, and 6...
March 23, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339433/management-of-neuropathic-chronic-pain-with-methadone-combined-with-ketamine-a-randomized-double-blind-active-controlled-clinical-trial
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Flavia Karine Rigo, Gabriela Trevisan, Maria C Godoy, Mateus Fortes Rossato, Gerusa D Dalmolin, Mariane A Silva, Mirian S Menezes, Wolnei Caumo, Juliano Ferreira
BACKGROUND: Methadone and ketamine are used in neuropathic pain management. However, the benefits of both drugs association are uncertain in the treatment of neuropathic pain. OBJECTIVE: Our primary objective was test the hypothesis that oral methadone combined with oral ketamine is more effective than oral methadone or ketamine alone in reducing neuropathic pain. STUDY DESIGN: We conducted a randomized, double blind, active-controlled parallel-group clinical trial...
March 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337083/continuous-infusion-etomidate-in-a-patient-receiving-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation
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Joseph M LaRochelle, Bonnie Desselle, Janet L Rossi
We describe a 16-year-old, 65-kg male deployed on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) for refractory respiratory failure secondary to ingestion of multiple substances. During his ECMO course, standard sedative and analgesic strategies failed and alternative medications were used. The patient received various dosages of fentanyl, morphine, hydromorphone, clonidine patches, dexmedetomidine, lorazepam, methadone, pentobarbital, olanzapine, and propofol. Despite administration of multiple agents, on day 29 of ECMO the patient experienced elevated blood pressures due to agitation, and continuous infusion etomidate was started...
January 2017: Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics: JPPT: the Official Journal of PPAG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315808/benzodiazepine-z-drug-and-pregabalin-prescriptions-and-mortality-among-patients-in-opioid-maintenance-treatment-a-nation-wide-register-based-open-cohort-study
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Tove Abrahamsson, Jonas Berge, Agneta Öjehagen, Anders Håkansson
BACKGROUND: Use of sedatives may increase risk of death in opioid users. The aim of the study was to assess whether prescription of sedatives may be associated with mortality in patients in opioid maintenance treatment. METHODS: This retrospective register-based open cohort study included nation-wide register data including all individuals who were dispensed methadone or buprenorphine as opioid maintenance treatment for opioid dependence between July, 2005 and December, 2012 (N=4501)...
May 1, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314286/safety-and-tolerance-of-d-l-methadone-in-combination-with-chemotherapy-in-patients-with-glioma
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Julia Onken, Claudia Friesen, Peter Vajkoczy, Martin Misch
BACKGROUND/AIM: D,L-Methadone increases sensitivity toward chemotherapy of different tumor cell populations. We evaluated the safety and tolerance of additional use of D,L-methadone in patients with glioma in combination with chemotherapy. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The dosage, duration of therapy and side-effects related to D,L-methadone were recorded in 27 patients. Toxicity was assessed accordingly to the Common Toxicity Criteria (CTC) of the National Cancer Institute...
March 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292505/unintentional-methadone-and-buprenorphine-exposures-in-children-developing-prevention-messages
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Lauren Schwartz, Maria Mercurio-Zappala, Mary Ann Howland, Robert S Hoffman, Mark K Su
OBJECTIVES: To develop key messages for methadone and buprenorphine safety education material based on an analysis of calls to the NYC Poison Control Center (NYC PCC) and designed for distribution to caregivers of young children. METHODS: Retrospective review of all calls for children 5 years of age and younger involving methadone or buprenorphine from January 1, 2000, to June 15, 2014. A data abstraction form was completed for each case to capture patient demographics, exposure and caller sites, caller relation to patient, qualitative information regarding the exposure scenario, the product information, if naloxone was given, and the medical outcome of the case...
March 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243315/acceleration-of-cardiovascular-biological-age-by-amphetamine-exposure-is-a-power-function-of-chronological-age
#18
Albert Stuart Reece, Amanda Norman, Gary Kenneth Hulse
BACKGROUND: Amphetamine abuse is becoming more widespread internationally. The possibility that its many cardiovascular complications are associated with a prematurely aged cardiovascular system, and indeed biological organism systemically, has not been addressed. METHODS: Radial arterial pulse tonometry was performed using the SphygmoCor system (Sydney). 55 amphetamine exposed patients were compared with 107 tobacco smokers, 483 non-smokers and 68 methadone patients (total=713 patients) from 2006 to 2011...
2017: Heart Asia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226332/responsible-safe-and-effective-prescription-of-opioids-for-chronic-non-cancer-pain-american-society-of-interventional-pain-physicians-asipp-guidelines
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Laxmaiah Manchikanti, Adam M Kaye, Nebojsa Nick Knezevic, Heath McAnally, Konstantin Slavin, Andrea M Trescot, Susan Blank, Vidyasagar Pampati, Salahadin Abdi, Jay S Grider, Alan D Kaye, Kavita N Manchikanti, Harold Cordner, Christopher G Gharibo, Michael E Harned, Sheri L Albers, Sairam Atluri, Steve M Aydin, Sanjay Bakshi, Robert L Barkin, Ramsin M Benyamin, Mark V Boswell, Ricardo M Buenaventura, Aaron K Calodney, David L Cedeno, Sukdeb Datta, Timothy R Deer, Bert Fellows, Vincent Galan, Vahid Grami, Hans Hansen, Standiford Helm Ii, Rafael Justiz, Dhanalakshmi Koyyalagunta, Yogesh Malla, Annu Navani, Kent H Nouri, Ramarao Pasupuleti, Nalini Sehgal, Sanford M Silverman, Thomas T Simopoulos, Vijay Singh, Daneshvari R Solanki, Peter S Staats, Ricardo Vallejo, Bradley W Wargo, Arthur Watanabe, Joshua A Hirsch
BACKGROUND: Opioid use, abuse, and adverse consequences, including death, have escalated at an alarming rate since the 1990s. In an attempt to control opioid abuse, numerous regulations and guidelines for responsible opioid prescribing have been developed by various organizations. However, the US opioid epidemic is continuing and drug dose deaths tripled during 1999 to 2015. Recent data show a continuing increase in deaths due to natural and semisynthetic opioids, a decline in methadone deaths, and an explosive increase in the rates of deaths involving other opioids, specifically heroin and illicit synthetic fentanyl...
February 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220474/buprenorphine-for-managing-opioid-withdrawal
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REVIEW
Linda Gowing, Robert Ali, Jason M White, Dalitso Mbewe
BACKGROUND: Managed withdrawal is a necessary step prior to drug-free treatment or as the endpoint of substitution treatment. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of buprenorphine versus tapered doses of methadone, alpha2-adrenergic agonists, symptomatic medications or placebo, or different buprenorphine regimens for managing opioid withdrawal, in terms of the intensity of the withdrawal syndrome experienced, duration and completion of treatment, and adverse effects...
February 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
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