alexa The use of tramadol for acute heroin withdrawal: a comparison to clonidine.


Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy

Author(s): Sobey PW, Parran TV Jr, Grey SF, Adelman CL, Yu J

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Abstract Using a retrospective chart review, 59 patients detoxified with tramadol were compared to 85 patients detoxified with clonidine on rates of leaving against medical advice (AMA) and control of withdrawal symptoms. Patients detoxified with tramadol had 23\% (95\% CI, 0.09-0.59; P < .01) the risk of leaving AMA and scored an average of 0.24 points lower (95\% CI, 0.08-0.41; P < .01) on a 0-3 point withdrawal symptom scale compared to patients detoxified with clonidine. This preliminary study indicates that tramadol is more effective in managing withdrawal than clonidine, and may be especially useful in outpatient detoxification.
This article was published in J Addict Dis and referenced in Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy

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