Low efficacy of non‐opioid drugs in opioid withdrawal symptoms

@article{Hermann2005LowEO,
  title={Low efficacy of non‐opioid drugs in opioid withdrawal symptoms},
  author={Derik Hermann and Eckard Klages and Helga Welzel and Karl F. Mann and Bernhard Croissant},
  journal={Addiction Biology},
  year={2005},
  volume={10}
}
Opioid withdrawal, stress or cues associated with opioid consumption can induce opioid craving. If opioids are not available, opioid‐dependent patients usually search for alternative drugs. Because several non‐opioid drugs stimulate the endogenous opioidergic system, this concept may explain their frequent use by opioid‐dependent patients. We hypothesized that non‐opioid drugs alleviate opioid withdrawal symptoms and are therefore consumed by opioid addicts. We asked 89 opioid‐dependent… 
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