FDA Approves New Device to Help With Opioid Withdrawal

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Roni Shye
Roni Shye, PharmD BCGP BCACP, is a licensed pharmacist in the states of Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
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The opioid epidemic in the United States has become a serious public health problem, causing many pharmaceutical companies to focus their efforts on creating new and innovative treatment options.

The newest device aimed at increasing treatment options for opioid addiction was just approved by the FDA. The NSS-2 Bridge device is an electric stimulation device that can provide relief from opioid withdrawal symptoms.

How does the NSS-2 Bridge device work?

The Nss-2 Bridge works by emitting electrical pulses to the brain, which may provide relief from opioid withdrawal symptoms. The device works best if placed behind the ear, and can be worn up to 5 days during the initial physical withdrawal phase.

The device will help ease symptoms of withdrawal like sweating, upset stomach, agitation, problems sleeping, and joint pain within 30-60 minutes.

Is there anyone who should not use this device?

Yes.  The device should not be used in patients who have hemophilia, psoriasis, or a cardiac pacemaker.

Is the device waterproof?

No.  The device is considered water-resistant and can be worn while a patient washes their hair; however, it has been recommended that holding a dry washcloth or a small plastic cup over the ear while showering will be enough to protect the device.

For more information, visit the Innovative Health Solutions website.

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