New opioid medication will replace daily doses with monthly injection

published on February 8, 2019 in Globe and Mail

A new form of medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction that replaces daily doses with a monthly injection is expected to be available in Canada this year, and health officials say it could benefit those who struggle with taking medication every day.

Sublocade is the brand name for an injectable form of buprenorphine, the opioid medication that combines with naloxone to form what’s commonly referred to as Suboxone. The opioid replacement therapy reduces cravings and prevents withdrawal symptoms, hopefully moving the patient away from illicit drug use…

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