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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927519/a-rapid-recovery-pathway-for-adolescent-idiopathic-scoliosis-that-improves-pain-control-and-reduces-time-to-inpatient-recovery-after-posterior-spinal-fusion
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Alex L Gornitzky, John M Flynn, Wallis T Muhly, Wudbhav N Sankar
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective comparative cohort. OBJECTIVES: To determine if a standardized multimodal analgesic and rehabilitation protocol (rapid recovery pathway [RRP]) in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) patients undergoing posterior spinal fusion (PSF) could improve pain control, reduce opioid-related complications, and expedite early mobilization. BACKGROUND: Several reports have described postoperative recovery pathways for AIS patients undergoing PSF that shorten length of stay (LOS) without reporting the impact such pathways might have on patients' pain or quality of recovery...
July 2016: Spine Deformity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870477/ascending-single-dose-double-blind-placebo-controlled-safety-study-of-noribogaine-in-opioid-dependent-patients
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Paul Glue, Gavin Cape, Donna Tunnicliff, Michelle Lockhart, Fred Lam, Noelyn Hung, C Tak Hung, Sarah Harland, Jane Devane, R S Crockett, John Howes, Borje Darpo, Meijian Zhou, Holger Weis, Lawrence Friedhoff
Ibogaine is a psychoactive substance that may reduce opioid withdrawal symptoms. This was the first clinical trial of noribogaine, ibogaine's active metabolite, in patients established on methadone opioid substitution therapy (OST). In this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled single ascending-dose study, we evaluated the safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetics of noribogaine in 27 patients seeking to discontinue methadone OST who had been switched to morphine during the previous week. Noribogaine doses were 60, 120, or 180 mg (n = 6/dose level) or matching placebo (n = 3/dose level)...
November 2016: Clinical Pharmacology in Drug Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27821595/cannabis-exposure-as-an-interactive-cardiovascular-risk-factor-and-accelerant-of-organismal-ageing-a-longitudinal-study
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Albert Stuart Reece, Amanda Norman, Gary Kenneth Hulse
OBJECTIVES: Many reports exist of the cardiovascular toxicity of smoked cannabis but none of arterial stiffness measures or vascular age (VA). In view of its diverse toxicology, the possibility that cannabis-exposed patients may be ageing more quickly requires investigation. DESIGN: Cross-sectional and longitudinal, observational. Prospective. SETTING: Single primary care addiction clinic in Brisbane, Australia. PARTICIPANTS: 11 cannabis-only smokers, 504 tobacco-only smokers, 114 tobacco and cannabis smokers and 534 non-smokers...
November 7, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27809831/tailoring-a-brief-intervention-for-illicit-drug-use-and-alcohol-use-in-irish-methadone-maintained-opiate-dependent-patients-a-qualitative-process
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Catherine Darker, Brion Sweeney, Eamon Keenan, Lucy Whiston, Rolande Anderson, Joe Barry
BACKGROUND: The World Health Organization (WHO) recommend the tailoring of a brief intervention (BI) programme of research to ensure that it is both culturally and contextually appropriate for the country and the environment in which it is being tested. The majority of BI research has been conducted with non-opioid dependent participants. The current study developed a tailored BI for illicit drug use and alcohol use to a methadone maintained opioid dependent polydrug using cohort of patients...
November 3, 2016: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806509/effectiveness-of-community-reinforcement-and-family-training-craft-on-quality-of-life-and-depression-in-families-with-drug-abuse
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Hossein Assadbeigi, Abbas Pourshahbaz, Parvaneh Mohamadkhani, Ali Farhoudian
Drug abuse as a biological, psychological, and social problem affect all life aspects including quality of life and cause socio-psychological problems. This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of community reinforcement and family training (CRAFT) Method on quality of life and depression in family members of substance abusers. This was a quasi-experimental study with control group in which the pre-test and post-test were used. In the present study, two experimental groups (CRAFT and Nar-Anon) and a control group were used using the purposive sampling selected from the family members of substance abusers who referred to the methadone treatment clinic in Tehran...
July 12, 2016: Global Journal of Health Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27784231/effect-of-oral-methadone-on-ecg-characteristics-and-endocrine-hormonal-changes-and-their-inter-relationship
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Shokoufeh Bonakdaran, Mahdi Hassan Zadeh Daloee, Ali Akhoondpoor Manteghi, Mina Akbarirad, Abdollah Firoozi, Fatemeh Akbarirad
INTRODUCTION: Methadone is the most common opioid in use for opioid substitution therapy. The Relation of methadone and electrocardiographic findings is nearly well known while the relationship between its electrocardiographic indexes and hormonal changes are not well recognized. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the hormonal changes in patients who are taking methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) and its effects on electrocardiographic indexes, in comparison with healthy control groups...
October 26, 2016: Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27770163/biliary-and-pancreatic-ductal-dilation-in-patients-on-methadone-maintenance-therapy
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David D B Bates, Dorathy Tamayo-Murillo, Steven Kussman, Adam Luce, Christina A LeBedis, Jorge A Soto, Stephan W Anderson
PURPOSE: To determine whether the diameter of intrahepatic and extrahepatic bile ducts and pancreatic ducts in patients on methadone maintenance therapy is increased when compared with control subjects. METHODS: Between January 1, 2000 and March 15, 2013, a total of 97 patients (mean age 49.9, range 22-79, 65 male, 32 female) were identified who were receiving chronic methadone maintenance therapy (MMT) when they underwent imaging with abdominal MRI or a contrast-enhanced abdominopelvic CT...
October 21, 2016: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27754734/successful-treatment-of-opioid-refractory-cancer-pain-with-short-course-low-dose-ketamine
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Julie M Waldfogel, Suzanne Nesbit, Steven P Cohen, Sydney M Dy
Opioids remain the mainstay of treatment for severe cancer pain, but up to 20% of patients have persistent or refractory pain despite rapid and aggressive opioid titration, or develop refractory pain after long-term opioid use. In these scenarios, alternative agents and mechanisms for analgesia should be considered. This case report describes a 28-year-old man with metastatic pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer with severe, intractable pain despite high-dose opioids including methadone and a hydromorphone patient-controlled analgesia (PCA)...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27748174/positive-neonatal-urine-comprehensive-drug-screen-low-birth-weight-and-withdrawal-symptoms-in-a-neonatal-unit-a-case-control-study
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Kam Lun Hon, Michael Ho Ming Chan, Ming Him James Ng, Chi Cheung Ho, Yin Ching Kathy Tsang, Wing Hung Tam, Chung Shun Ho
OBJECTIVE: Maternal drug abuse may influence neonatal outcomes. We compared neonatal outcomes of patients with urine screened positive for commonly abused drugs (CAD) versus those who were screened negative, and reviewed the pattern of drugs detected at a university teaching hospital. METHODS: Urine samples collected from babies with suspected illicit drug exposure who were admitted to the neonatal unit were sent for comprehensive drug screen (CDS) performed by liquid chromatography-time-of-flight mass spectrometry (LC-TOF/MS)...
October 10, 2016: Current Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27740713/tincture-of-opium-for-treating-opioid-dependence-a-systematic-review-of-safety-and-efficacy
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Mohammadali Nikoo, Nooshin Nikoo, Sanam Javid, Afshar Amiri, Marc Vogel, Fiona Choi, Amir Ali Sepehry, Amir Hooshang Bagheri Valoojerdi, Kerry Jang, Christian Schütz, Shahin Akhondzadeh, Michael Krausz
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Recently, there has been a growing interest in using Opium Tincture (OT) for treating opioid dependence in certain regions. We aimed to assess the evidence on its safety and efficacy for this indication. METHODS: We searched several databases (CENTRAL, Medline, EMBASE, Web of Science, PsychINFO, ProQuest Dissertation & Theses Database, Iran Medex, clinicaltrials.gov, and who.int/trialsearch) with no language or publication date limitations. Two reviewers selected Randomized Controlled Trials (RCT), cohort /case-control/ cross-sectional studies and case-series on safety or efficacy of OT for treating opioid dependence and then extracted reported measures of mentioned outcomes from selected studies...
October 14, 2016: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27730106/impact-of-a-methadone-maintenance-program-on-an-aboriginal-community-a-qualitative-study
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Michel Landry, Nadia Veilleux, Julie-Eve Arseneault, Saneea Abboud, André Barrieau, Mathieu Bélanger
BACKGROUND: Methadone maintenance treatment programs implemented in Aboriginal communities have proven to be beneficial for the control of opioid addiction and its associated consequences, but the perceptions and opinions of different community members about these programs remain elusive. The goal of this study was to determine the perceptions of members of a First Nation community in New Brunswick, Canada, on the implementation of a methadone maintenance treatment program and its effects on the community...
July 2016: CMAJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27670244/psychostimulant-drugs-for-cocaine-dependence
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Xavier Castells, Ruth Cunill, Clara Pérez-Mañá, Xavier Vidal, Dolors Capellà
BACKGROUND: Cocaine dependence is a severe disorder for which no medication has been approved. Like opioids for heroin dependence, replacement therapy with psychostimulants could be an effective therapy for treatment. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of psychostimulants for cocaine abuse and dependence. Specific outcomes include sustained cocaine abstinence and retention in treatment. We also studied the influence of type of drug and comorbid disorders on psychostimulant efficacy...
September 27, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27664554/variants-of-opioid-system-genes-are-associated-with-non-dependent-opioid-use-and-heroin-dependence
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Matthew Randesi, Wim van den Brink, Orna Levran, Peter Blanken, Eduardo R Butelman, Vadim Yuferov, Joel Correa da Rosa, Jurg Ott, Jan M van Ree, Mary Jeanne Kreek
BACKGROUND: Heroin addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease. Genetic factors are involved in the development of drug addiction. The aim of this study was to determine whether specific variants in genes of the opioid system are associated with non-dependent opioid use and heroin dependence. METHODS: Genetic information from four subject groups was collected: non-dependent opioid users (NOD) [n=163]; opioid-dependent (OD) patients in methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) [n=143]; opioid-dependent MMT-resistant patients in heroin-assisted treatment (HAT) [n=138]; and healthy controls with no history of opioid use (HC) [n=153]...
September 5, 2016: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27641323/learning-and-generalization-from-reward-and-punishment-in-opioid-addiction
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Catherine E Myers, Janice Rego, Paul Haber, Kirsten Morley, Kevin D Beck, Lee Hogarth, Ahmed A Moustafa
This study adapts a widely-used acquired equivalence paradigm to investigate how opioid-addicted individuals learn from positive and negative feedback, and how they generalize this learning. The opioid-addicted group consisted of 33 participants with a history of heroin dependency currently in a methadone maintenance program; the control group consisted of 32 healthy participants without a history of drug addiction. All participants performed a novel variant of the acquired equivalence task, where they learned to map some stimuli to correct outcomes in order to obtain reward, and to map other stimuli to correct outcomes in order to avoid punishment; some stimuli were implicitly "equivalent" in the sense of being paired with the same outcome...
January 15, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27572136/pharmacokinetics-and-analgesic-effects-of-methadone-in-children-and-adults-with-sickle-cell-disease
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Jennifer Horst, Melissa Frei-Jones, Elena Deych, William Shannon, Evan D Kharasch
BACKGROUND: Vaso-occlusive episodes (VOEs) are a significant source of morbidity among children and adults with sickle cell disease (SCD). There is little information on methadone use for SCD pain. This investigation evaluated methadone pharmacokinetics in children and adults with SCD, with a secondary aim to assess pain relief and opioid consumption. PROCEDURE: Participants included children (<18 years) and adults with a VOE requiring hospitalization. Patients were randomly assigned to receive standard care (opioid patient-controlled analgesia; control group) or one dose of intravenous methadone (0...
August 30, 2016: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27552788/chronic-treatment-with-opiate-agonists-in-bulgaria-assessing-the-quality-of-life-using-sf-36-v-2
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Sava V Petrov, Maria M Orbetzova, Yanko T Iliev, Doychin T Boyadzhiev
INTRODUCTION: Drug addictions to psychoactive substances are disorders with a complex bio-psycho-social genesis, which are characterized with chronic relapses. Substance addiction causes multifactorial damage to the normal functioning of individuals and requires a multicenter approach for the treatment process. AIM: The aim of the study was to assess the quality of life of patients undergoing chronic treatment with the opiate agonist methadone using a standardized questionnaire method in Bulgarian...
April 2016: Folia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27495167/evaluation-of-the-vaginal-flora-in-pregnant-women-receiving-opioid-maintenance-therapy-a-matched-case-control-study
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Alex Farr, Herbert Kiss, Michael Hagmann, Iris Holzer, Verena Kueronya, Peter W Husslein, Ljubomir Petricevic
BACKGROUND: Vaginal infections are a risk factor for preterm delivery. In this study, we sought to evaluate the vaginal flora of pregnant women receiving opioid maintenance therapy (OMT) in comparison to non-dependent, non-maintained controls. METHODS: A total of 3763 women with singleton pregnancies who underwent routine screening for asymptomatic vaginal infections between 10 + 0 and 16 + 0 gestational weeks were examined. Vaginal smears were Gram-stained, and microscopically evaluated for bacterial vaginosis, candidiasis, and trichomoniasis...
2016: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27494037/methadone-is-superior-to-fentanyl-in-treating-neuropathic-pain-in-patients-with-head-and-neck-cancer
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J Haumann, J W Geurts, S M J van Kuijk, B Kremer, E A Joosten, M H J van den Beuken-van Everdingen
BACKGROUND: Cancer pain is still inadequately treated in up to 60% of cancer patients. Based on the additional effect on the N-Methyl-d-Aspartate receptor, we expected that methadone (Met) could provide better pain relief than fentanyl (Fen) in cancer pain with a neuropathic pain component. METHODS: A randomised controlled trial was performed with 52 strong opioids naive patients with head-and-neck cancer with substantial pain (pain Numerical Rating Scale [NRS] > 4) and a neuropathic pain component (Douleur Neuropathique [DN4] > 4)...
September 2016: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27491573/spontaneous-osteonecrosis-of-the-jaw-during-bisphosphonate-therapy-an-unusual-etiology-of-the-numb-chin-syndrome
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Tanja Fusi-Schmidhauser, Donata Bardelli
The numb chin syndrome is a rare manifestation of intractable pain in the palliative care setting and represents a major therapeutic challenge. The reported etiologies of the numb chin syndrome include trauma, infections, immune-mediated systemic conditions, and malignancy, both through local infiltration or compression of the inferior alveolar nerve sheath. The authors present the case of a patient with long-standing multiple myeloma, suffering from numb chin syndrome caused by a spontaneous osteonecrosis of the jaw after bisphosphonate therapy...
September 2016: Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27473519/spillover-effects-of-hiv-testing-policies-changes-in-hiv-testing-guidelines-and-hcv-testing-practices-in-drug-treatment-programs-in-the-united-states
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Jemima A Frimpong, Thomas D'Aunno, Stéphane Helleringer, Lisa R Metsch
BACKGROUND: To examine the extent to which state adoption of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2006 revisions to adult and adolescent HIV testing guidelines is associated with availability of other important prevention and medical services. We hypothesized that in states where the pretest counseling requirement for HIV testing was dropped from state legislation, substance use disorder treatment programs would have higher availability of HCV testing services than in states that had maintained this requirement...
2016: BMC Public Health
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