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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 England and Wales. It explains guidance
advises on when
(advice) from NICE (the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence).
and how drugs and It is written for people who are opioid dependent but it may also be useful
other treatments for their families or carers or anyone with an interest in the condition.
should be used in It does not describe opioid dependence or the treatments in detail ­ a
the NHS. member of your healthcare team should discuss these with you. Some
sources of further information and support are on the back page.
Information about NICE technology appraisal guidance 114
Issue date: January 2007

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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 on
opioids. Your an individual basis, in consultation with the person, taking into
healthcare team account the possible benefits and risks of each treatment for that
should talk to you particular person.…read more

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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 illegal opioids, taking methadone or
buprenorphine can reduce or prevent the unpleasant withdrawal
symptoms. Some people stay on methadone or buprenorphine long term
(this is known as `maintenance therapy').…read more

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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, 020 7553 7640
· The Alliance, 0845 122 8608
· Release, 0845 4500 215 or 020 7729 9904
· Turning Point, 020 7702 2300
NHS Direct online (www.nhsdirect.nhs.…read more


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