Where in the world can we turn for a non-addictive, largely effective remedy for Opioid Addiction.
Don't worry, the government is already hard at work, hiring pharma to medicate our way out. Never mind the US Govt holds the patent for some of the compounds in cannabis.
We'll run some tests after we market these great new pills. What a wonderful idea. Who could have come up with this plan?
EPA Approves Non-Opioid for Opioid symptoms
Lucemyra, generically called lofexidine hydrochloride, is an oral treatment that helps reduce the release of norepinephrine, which is believed to play a role in the development of withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, agitation, sleep problems, muscle aches, and nausea, the company and agency said. Symptoms can develop after stopping or reducing the use of opioids.
While Lucemyra may lessen the severity of withdrawal symptoms, it may not completely prevent them, the company and the FDA said. Lucemyra is only approved for treatment for up to 14 days.
Common side effects from Lucemyra include low blood pressure, slow heart rate, sleepiness, sedation and dizziness. Lucemyra was also associated with a few cases of fainting and can increase the risk of abnormal heart rhythms. When Lucemyra is stopped, patients can experience a marked increase in blood pressure, the FDA said.
Lucemyra was tested in two clinical trials. However, the FDA is requiring 15 postmarketing studies, including both animal and human studies to support longer-term use and use in children.