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Inpatient guidelines for methadone titration do not exist, whereas outpatient guidelines lack flexibility and do not consider individual opioid tolerance. The evaluation of rapid, adaptable titration protocols may allow more patient-centered and effective treatment for opioid use disorder in the fentanyl era.
In this inpatient cohort, rapid methadone titration was well tolerated and resulted in patients reaching higher doses of methadone than would be possible with a standard schedule, with few adverse events. Given the known effective dose range, this approach may result in shorter time to clinical stabilization and suggests that alternative methadone titration schedules may be safe and effective in appropriately selected patients.
Retrospective chart review (98 patients, 168 visits)