Publication date: Oct 01, 2019
The United States is in the midst of a national opioid epidemic. Physicians are encouraged both to prevent and treat opioid-use disorders (OUDs). Although there are 3 Food and Drug Administration-approved medications to treat OUD (methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone) and there is ample evidence of their efficacy, they are not used as often as they should. We provide a brief review of the 3 primary medications used in the treatment of OUD. Using data from available medical literature, we synthesize existing knowledge and provide a framework for how to determine the optimal approach for outpatient management of OUD with medication-assisted treatments.
Oesterle, T.S., Thusius, N.J., Rummans, T.A., and Gold. Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid-Use Disorder. 04086. 2019 Mayo Clin Proc (94):10.
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