Stephanie Nichols

Buprenorphine and Pain

August 9, 2022 | Stephanie Nichols, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP, FCCP

This session will review the interface and nuances of the use of buprenorphine in a person with pain. We will review multiple angles, including both the treatment of acute and chronic pain in a person receiving buprenorphine for OUD and the use of buprenorphine to treat pain (with or without OUD).

Learning objectives:

Compare and contrast the various formulations of buprenorphine including consideration of FDA indication, route of administration, and dose
Identify the clinical result of using buprenorphine in a person who is opioid naive and in a person who is currently using other medical or nonmedical opioids
Describe the efficacy and clinical pearls associated with the use of buprenorphine patch and transmucosal forms for analgesia in a person with and without OUD
Identify emerging and best practices regarding treatment of acute and chronic pain in a person receiving buprenorphine for OUD

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New Strategies to Initiate Burprenorphine

June 14, 2022 | Stephanie Nichols, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP

This session will review the initiation of buprenorphine for OUD using the microdosing and macrodosing approaches. We will review why these emerging approaches are preferable to traditional approaches, the supporting evidence, and the practical pearls for implementation.

Learning Objectives:

Describe microdosing and macrodosing approaches to buprenorphine initiation
Recall the evidence supporting each of these approaches
Discuss practical pearls regarding these approaches when applied to patient care

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