Know How to Treat Acute Pain in Patients Taking Meds for Opioid Dependence
We're getting questions about treating pain in patients admitted on meds for opioid use disorder...buprenorphine, methadone, or naltrexone.
Patients most commonly take daily opioid agonist therapy, with buprenorphine or methadone, to reduce withdrawal symptoms.
But some may take the opioid antagonist naltrexone. It's a noncontrolled substance without abuse potential...and is available as a daily oral dose or a monthly intramuscular injection (Vivitrol).