Opioid Use Disorder: Pharmacotherapy - Part 1

$12.00 | CE Hours:4.00 | Intermediate


CE Course Description

The United States is experiencing an opioid addiction epidemic.  This CE course describes general principles of opioid use disorder (OUD) pharmacotherapy and discusses medication formulations, indications, and dosing for two of the three FDA-approved medications used to treat OUD - methadone and naltrexone.

Author: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  Medications for Opioid Use Disorder.  Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series 63.  HHS Publication No. (SMA) 18-5063.  Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2018.

Retrieved from:  https://store.samhsa.gov/product/TIP-63-Medications-for-Opioid-Use-Disorder-Executive-Summary/SMA18-5063EXSUMM

CE Course Objectives

1.  Differentiate between mu-opioid receptor full agonists, partial agonists, and antagonist.

2.  Explain why oral naltrexone is not widely used to treat opioid use disorder.

3.  Judge which OUD medication can be used during pregnancy.

4.  Consider three indications that medically supervised withdrawal using methadone is appropriate for patients.

5.  Weigh three contraindications to receiving XR-NTX.

CE Outline with Main Points

1.  Overview of Pharmacotherapy for Opioid Use Disorder

a.  Introduction to Medications That Address OUD

b.  Principles of OUD Pharmacotherapy

c.  Overview of Medication Indications and Dosing

2.  Methadone

a.  Formulations

b.  Pharmacology

c.  Bioavailability

d.  Dosing Considerations

e.  Contraindications

f.  Initiating Methadone Treatment

g.  Duration of Methadone Treatment

h.  Methadone Dosing Summary

i.  Enhancing Access to OUD Medication in OTPs

3.  Naltrexone

a.  Formulations

b.  Pharmacology

c.  Dosing Considerations

d.  Naltrexone Dosing Summary



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Added On: 2019-06-02

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