[Rapid induction of withdrawal with opiate antagonists under anesthesia: an alternative to treatment of opiate dependence?]

Praxis (Bern 1994). 2002 Oct 2;91(40):1651-4. doi: 10.1024/0369-8394.91.40.1651.
[Article in French]


Rapid induction of withdrawal by opiate antagonists under anesthesia is an opiate detoxification technique. This technique is useful to reduce intensity and duration of withdrawal. Therefore, this technique represents an alternative strategy in the treatment of opiate addicted patients. This paper attempts to present a brief history of this technique, and a critical review of related issues.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anesthesia, General*
  • Humans
  • Narcotic Antagonists / therapeutic use*
  • Opioid-Related Disorders / rehabilitation*


  • Narcotic Antagonists