Medications for Opioid Use Disorder

There are three FDA-approved medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD):

  • Methadone

  • Buprenorphine

  • Naltrexone​

Traditionally, these medications were known as medication-assisted treatment, or MAT, due to the thought that they could be added to non-medication treatments, like drug counseling, 12-Step, or other psychotherapy. However, these medications can be life-changing and life-saving, and are recommended for almost anyone with OUD.​ These medications are now frequently referred to simply as medications for opioid use disorder, or MOUD. Like any medication, there are pros and cons for each.

 

You can advance through these slides for more information about each medication.

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