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Dextromethorphan Attenuated Inflammation and Combined Opioid Use in Humans Undergoing Methadone Maintenance Treatment.
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PMID:  22990619     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Recent studies show that proinflammatory cytokines might be related to the development of opioid dependence (physiological, psychological, or both). In a double-blind, randomly stratified clinical trial investigating whether add-on dextromethorphan (60-120 mg/day) attenuated inflammation and the combined use of opioids in heroin-dependent patients undergoing methadone maintenance treatment, we evaluated whether inflammation is related to the progression of opioid dependence. All participants (107 heroin-dependent patients and 84 nondependent healthy controls) were recruited from National Cheng Kung University Hospital. Their plasma cytokine levels were measured to evaluate the effect of add-on dextromethorphan. Plasma TNF-α and IL-8 levels were significantly higher in long-term heroin-dependent patients than in healthy controls (p < 0.001). Chronic heroin-use-induced TNF-α and IL-8 levels were significantly (p < 0.05) attenuated in patients treated for 12 weeks with add-on dextromethorphan. Moreover, both tolerance to methadone and the combined use of opioids were significantly (p < 0.05) attenuated in patients taking dextromethorphan. We conclude that dextromethorphan might be a feasible adjuvant therapeutic for attenuating inflammation and inhibiting methadone tolerance and combined opioid use in heroin-dependent patients.
Shiou-Lan Chen; Sheng-Yu Lee; Pao-Luh Tao; Yun-Hsuan Chang; Shih-Heng Chen; Chun-Hsien Chu; Po See Chen; I Hui Lee; Tzung Lieh Yeh; Yen Kuang Yang; Jau-Shyong Hong; Ru-Band Lu
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-9-19
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of neuroimmune pharmacology : the official journal of the Society on NeuroImmune Pharmacology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1557-1904     ISO Abbreviation:  J Neuroimmune Pharmacol     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
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Created Date:  2012-9-19     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101256586     Medline TA:  J Neuroimmune Pharmacol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Institute of Behavioral Medicine, College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan.
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