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Understanding NICE guidance
Information for people who use NHS services

Methadone and buprenorphine
for managing opioid dependence
NICE `technology This leaflet is about when methadone and buprenorphine should be
appraisal guidance' used to treat people who are dependent on opioid drugs (such as heroin
and morphine) in the NHS in…

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These may not be What has NICE said?
the only possible Methadone and buprenorphine (given as a tablet or a liquid)
treatments for are recommended as treatment options for people who are
people who are opioid dependent.
dependent on A decision about which is the better treatment should be made…

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Methadone and buprenorphine
Methadone and buprenorphine work in a similar way to the illegal opioids
such as heroin, but their effects are not as strong. Buprenorphine also
works by blocking the effects of opioids, so that people don't get the same
result from taking them.
If a person stops using…

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More information about opioid dependence
The organisations below can provide more information and support for
people who are dependent on opioids. Please note that NICE is not
responsible for the quality or accuracy of any information or advice
provided by these organisations.
· Addaction, 020 7251 5860
· Adfam,…


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