Last updated on December 2018

Facilitating Rapid Naltrexone Initiation


Brief description of study

The incidence of opioid use disorders (OUDs) has increased to near-epidemic proportions. While maintenance with long-acting opioids such as methadone or buprenorphine represents an effective treatment strategy, it may be unacceptable to many individuals. As a result, long-acting injectable naltrexone (XR-NTX), an antagonist medication that blocks the effects of opioids for at least 4 weeks, is now indicated for relapse prevention following detoxification. This randomized, controlled trial aims to test the efficacy of a glutamate modulator at facilitating a rapid non-opioid based naltrexone induction.

Detailed Study Description

This study combines a nonopioid detoxification; a naltrexone titration schedule that allows for pushing the dose rapidly while monitoring closely to ensure tolerability; and infusions integrated into the treatment in such a way as to potentially ameliorate spontaneous and precipitated withdrawal. The first part of the treatment trial involves receiving inpatient treatment for up to 5 days. Following week 1, participants will meet with staff twice weekly and receive 12 weeks of mindfulness based relapse prevention and motivational interviewing sessions.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03345173

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Recruitment Status: Open


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