Buprenorphine/Naloxone Treatment for Opioid Dependence-Experiment 1 - 1
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The purpose of this study is to assess the clinical efficacy of the buprenorphine/naloxone combination tablet for alternate-day dosing and determine whether multiples of the daily dose are necessary to maintain an effective alternate day dosing regimen.
Condition or disease
Heroin DependenceOpioid-Related Disorders
Drug: Heroin Dependence
Alternate-day dosing with the 8mg buprenorphine-naloxone tablet is as safe and effective as daily dosing. Outcomes are improved when the total weekly dose provided during alternate-day dosing is equal to that given during daily dosing.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
18 Years to 64 Years (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Individuals must be currently opioid dependent and meet FDA criteria for narcotic maintenance treatment. Co-morbid substance abuse or dependence disorders may also be present. Individuals must be healthy despite drug dependency.
Individuals with evidence of an active Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) Axis I psychiatric disorder (e.g. psychosis, manic-depressive illness, organic psychiatric disorders), significant medical illness (e.g. liver or cardiovascular disease) or pregnant female subjects are excluded from study participation.
(presented at ACNP 1997. Kamien, J.B., Mikulich, S.K., and Amass, L., Efficacy of the buprenorphine/naloxone tablet for daily vs. alternate-day opioid dependence treatment. Presented to the 1998 Meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence.. Presented at ACNP 1997 and CPDD 1998.