Title: Bridge Device – Innovative technology to deal with the opioid withdrawal process.
The Bridge Device is a revolutionary technology developed to deal with the pain associated with the withdrawal process. In the withdrawal process, the patient experiences pain that can be debilitating. In this challenging condition, it reaches the level where it is a deterrent to detox. The bridge device makes the method smoother, and the person will no longer feel the roadblock in the reparation process.
Recently the Bridge device got clearance from the FDA authority. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted the permit to the electric stimulation device. The specialists have found in research that it can help in reducing the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. The invention can be used officially to avoid the pain and discomfort the patient’s experience during the opiate withdrawal process.
The FDA authority released the statement saying “we need to focus on developing new ways of helping those who are currently addicted to sobriety with the proper guidance of medically assisted treatment. Currently, there are three FDA approved drugs available in the market to treat opioid addiction. Moreover, while continuing the current medical progress, we have to work on finding better medicines for the treatment of opioid use disorder. The Bridge device which helps in the therapy will be a better option for dealing with opiate withdrawal. FDA is wholly aligned with the innovative idea of improving the treatment of both drugs and devices.
How does the BRIDGE work?
The BRIDGE is the innovative device developed by using the latest technology to serve the opioid-addicted patients. The machine produces nerve stimulation when affixed to the ear. It sends a gentle electrical impulse to the brain. The electric pulses blocked the pain signals, so while having treatment, the person will not have a sense of anxiety or nausea. It hits the brain nerve where addiction starts in the brain. The signals try to control the minds natural process which causes detox symptoms. The waves hit the amygdala, which controls the neurons signals and reduces its stimulation power to avoid the feelings associated with withdrawal.
The device takes advantage of the four cranial nerves that are located in the auricle (ear). It manipulates with the specific Cranial Nerves 5, 7, 9, and 10. These nerve systems are connected to the spinal cord. They disrupt efferent and afferent pain signals. When the simulation runs on the brain, it provides the relief to the opioid withdrawal symptoms. The device is applied for five days during the acute physical withdrawal phase and is not removed.
A Bridge expert implants it behind the ear. The electrodes are kept near the ear where the cranial nerves are closest to the surface. It is powered by batteries which send the impulses to nerves to block the pain. It has a specially programmed chip inbuilt into the device. The chip generates a required frequency of the electronic signals to perform brain efficiency, not more or less to avoid the pain. It is strictly monitored to give the best performance to the users. The device was tested on many patients before making it public and allowing it in the medical treatment. It is entirely safe and provides the best result for the patients. The only known side effect is skin irritation
How is BRIDGE device unique among all other available treatments?
The BRIDGE device is tested on many opiate-addicted patients before making it available for the medical industry. While testing, the data has been collected in the process, to be used as evidence for the treatment. In the research, it was discovered that it treats the pain related to opiate withdrawal efficiently. The ongoing testing allowed the device maker to make it entirely safe for the users. It can be used to treat the pain associated with the withdrawal of Suboxone, oxymorphone, heroin, methadone and opiate pills such as fentanyl, hydrocodone, and oxycodone.
However, the device is designed to provide a short-term solution to pain management. You need to use it in the conjunction of other healing methods to get a long-term result from the process.
Here are some of the key features of the BRIDGE device:
– Non-narcotic therapy used to heal the patient.
– Mitigate the pain within 30 to 60 minutes. In some cases, it starts showing the result in just 10 minutes.
– No radiation exposure in the process.
– No incision or anesthesia required.
– It doesn’t have any side effect attached to it. It is entirely safe to use.
Status of Opioid patients in the country:
The U.S. National Library of medicine researched to find how many people are under opioid treatment. The final data shows, there were 435,000 heroin users in the United States in the year 2014. Also, more than 4 million people are nonmedical users of narcotic pain relievers.
In another research done by the National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that more than 25 percent of the locals who used heroin become utterly reliant on it. Heroine users experience a hard time to recover from it and get back to their healthy life.
Moreover, it is observed that the use of heroin has doubled in the last decade. Youth between the age of 18 to 25 are the victims of the addiction. From that, the 45 percent of people who are taking heroin have developed the addiction to the prescription opioid painkillers. The problem is becoming more severe. The Government authority and medical institutes are encouraging the devices such as BRIDGE to get into the mainstream and help people to recover from addiction without having withdrawal pain in the healing process.
The BRIDGE device is proven to be the best medical device available in the market to deal with the opioid withdrawal process to avoid discomfort. It is in the early stage of the development process. As the technology improves, the device will upgrade. The team who developed the BRIDGE device is working on making it easy to use and available in local stores so people can buy it and start using it. It is predicted that it will reduce the number of patients who are addicted to the drug and make our society a better place to live.
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