Results of 12-week Buprenorphine Study

Summary and Analysis…

The study of a 12-week buprenorphine usage indicates it does not support long-term success for opioid addicts.

Excerpted from JAMA Psychiatry

A 2011 study for brief and extended use of buprenorphine followed by a taper-off period.

The success outcome tested by the study was “minimal or no opioid use based on urine test–confirmed self-reports.”

According to the abstract, the study did not include patients not given buprenorphine. The study found that even after 12-weeks on buprenorphine followed by an 8-week taper “the likelihood of an unsuccessful outcome is high.”

See the abstract at: Adjunctive Counseling During Brief and Extended Buprenorphine-Naloxone Treatment for Prescription Opioid Dependence