Understanding Opioid Medications and Buprenorphine Formulations
1 hr out of up to 8.5 CME/CE
Goal: To prepare the learner to apply an understanding of the biology and pharmacology of opioids and in particular, buprenorphine, when treating patients with opioid use disorder.
To prepare the learner to select the formulation of buprenorphine that is best for each patient and provide relevant education when treating patients with opioid use disorder.
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After completing this activity participants will be able to:
- Relate the structure of opioids to their biological effects
- Describe the biological actions of opioid agonists, partial agonists, and antagonists
- Relate pharmacological properties of buprenorphine and naloxone to physiological effects
- Relate opioid dependence, overdose, tolerance, and withdrawal to buprenorphine treatment
- Explain how buprenorphine works to reduce opioid craving and physical dependence
- Distinguish the different forms of buprenorphine, including when and how they are used