Interim Buprenorphine Treatment in Opiate Dependence: A Pilot Effectiveness Study.

Tove Abrahamsson, CAROLINA WIDINGHOFF, Anna Lilliebladh, Charlotte Gedeon, Kent Nilvall, Anders C Håkansson

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Interim methadone treatment (i.e. temporary medication-only treatment) has been tested in a few US studies as a method for facilitated referral to and initiation of opioid maintenance treatment in heroin dependence. However, despite the favorable safety profile of buprenorphine compared to methadone, interim treatment with buprenorphine rarely has been tested and reported in the scientific literature. The present pilot effectiveness study aims to assess the feasibility of an interim buprenorphine treatment for initiation of individuals with opiate dependence into full-scale opioid maintenance treatment, and to study baseline predictors of successful transfer to full-scale treatment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)104
Number of pages109
JournalSubstance Abuse
Issue number1
Early online date2015 Jul 15
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Psychiatry


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