This study was undertaken to compare, in an outpatient setting, the relative advantage of two Suboxone® (Bup/Nx) tapering schedules (one rapid and one gradual) following four weeks of Suboxone® stabilization, as reflected by the proportion of participants providing opiate free urines at the end of the taper regimen. In total, 516 participants were randomized to one of two taper schedules, either 7 days or 28 days. The reason for conducting this study was not to advocate for short-term treatment, but to determine the relative ease of using a more rapid vs. a gradual taper should someone need to discontinue Bup/Nx.
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