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Type: Journal article
Title: Evaluation of levo-alpha-acetylmethdol (LAAM) as an alternative treatment for methadone maintenance patients who regularly experience withdrawal: a pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic analysis
Author: Newcombe, D.
Bochner, F.
White, J.
Somogyi, A.
Citation: Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 2004; 76(1):63-72
Publisher: Elsevier Sci Ireland Ltd
Issue Date: 2004
ISSN: 0376-8716
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David A. L. Newcombe, Felix Bochner, Jason M. White and Andrew A. Somogyi
Abstract: The aim of this study was to determine if substitution of daily methadone with second daily levo-alpha-acetylmethadol (LAAM) would convert non-holders on methadone into holders on LAAM, and to compare plasma concentration–time profiles of (R)-methadone with LAAM and its two metabolites. Sixteen stable methadone maintenance treatment participants (non-holders, n=8) were randomly allocated to continue methadone for 3 months or switch to LAAM for 3 months, and then crossed over to the alternative drug for 3 months. At steady state, there were two testing sessions (24 h for methadone and 48 h for LAAM), during which opioid withdrawal severity, respiration rate and pupil diameter were measured 10–11 times and venous blood was collected 13–15 times. Ten age- and gender-matched controls underwent one 48-h test session. Areas under the withdrawal severity score versus time curve (AUC0–47 hours for LAAM and controls; AUC0–24 × 2 for methadone) were similar in holders on methadone and LAAM (P=0.62), but were greater in non-holders when they were taking methadone than LAAM (P<0.001). Respiratory depression and pupillary constriction were similar for LAAM and methadone. In comparison to (R)-methadone, plasma nor- and dinor-LAAM concentrations fluctuated little over the dosing interval. LAAM converted methadone non-holders into LAAM holders. LAAM may therefore be useful in selected MMT non-holders and improve retention in opioid treatment programs.
Keywords: Methadone; LAAM; holders; non-holders; pharmacokinetics; pharmacodynamics
RMID: 0020041502
DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2004.04.004
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