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Less Addictive Form of Buprenorphine May Help Curb Cocaine Relapse

April 28, 2020
Media Contact: Nancy Lamontagne, media@experimentalbiology.org

The drug buprenorphine reduces relapse in patients with opioid addiction, and some emerging evidence indicates it may also help treat cocaine addiction. However, the treatment itself comes with a risk of addiction and, thus, is not FDA approved to treat cocaine addiction. New research performed in mice suggests that chemical modifications to buprenorphine can improve its effectiveness to treat cocaine addiction while minimizing abuse potential.

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