What is the role of the auricular neurostimulator device in the treatment of opioid withdrawal?

Updated: Jun 21, 2018
  • Author: David W Dixon, DO; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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The FDA approved another wearable device for the treatment of opioid withdrawal symptoms in 2018. The device is an auricular neurostimulator that emits electrical pulses to ear-fitted needles, much like the first device approved. Continuous treatment from the wearable device can be provided for up to 5 days, but there have been reports of reductions in symptoms of opioid withdrawal within 30 to 60 minutes after treatment starts, according to the manufacturer. [86]


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