Dependance vs Pain

Buprenorphine Post
brautigan
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Postby brautigan » Mon Jan 26, 2004 2:14 pm

I think that it's important to clarify the goal of treatment. Buprenorphine, as a partial agonist, has a ceiling to its analgesic effectiveness. Indeed, higher doses may paradoxically diminish its analgesic effect. I explain to patients that Suboxone will help them by blocking drug craving and withdrawal and may relieve their pain but that optimal treatment of both pain and addiction should not be expected.

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