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Ultra-rapid opiate detoxification in hospital

  • Mervyn London (a1), Eddi Paul (a2) and Ionna Gkolia (a3)
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Aims and method

To evaluate ultra-rapid opiate detoxification under sedation. Symptom control was analysed in the first 12 hours of detoxification in 20 patients and case notes were examined 12 weeks later for outcome.

Results

Good symptom control was achieved, except for restlessness. At 12 weeks 25% patients were abstinent.

Clinical implications

While long-term outcome is similar to conventional methadone detoxification, the ultra-rapid technique is safe, more acceptable to patients and more cost-effective.

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Ultra-rapid opiate detoxification in hospital

  • Mervyn London (a1), Eddi Paul (a2) and Ionna Gkolia (a3)
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