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ASAM Opioid Patient Piece

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7 MEDICATION Most treatment plans will include medication. The type of medication chosen depends on a number of factors, including the patient's different situations and the treatment setting. • The most common medications used in the treatment of opioid addiction are methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone. • Counseling is recommended with the use of each of these medications. • Each medication works in a different way and has its own risks and benefits. It also has a special way to be started— once started, it can be safely taken for years. The clinician and the patient should review together the risks and benefits of each medication. • When used properly, these medications will NOT create a new addiction – rather they help patients manage addiction so they can recover. MEDICATIONS TO TREAT OPIOID ADDICTION Medication Brand Names Buprenorphine Probuphine*, generics Buprenorphine and naloxone Suboxone®, Zubsolv®, Bunavail®, generics Methadone generics Naltrexone Vivitrol® (injection), generics If the first medication selected does not work well, the patient can discuss with the clinician to find the right medication for his/her needs. * Recently approved by the FDA for maintenance treatment of opioid dependence in certain patients.

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