Naltrexone is an opiod blocker that treats opiod dependence and alcoholism. It blocks the brain’s sensation of pleasure in drinking alcohol or using narcotics. It is also preferred by most alcoholics since it does not produce the same obnoxious effects of Disulfiram when alcohol is ingested during the therapy.
Naltrexone reduces drug and alcohol craving, reinforces an alcoholic’s determination to refrain from drinking and prevents relapse. It blocks the opiod’s euphoric effects thereby decreasing the user’s urge to abuse it. Naltrexone should not be taken by people with kidney or liver failure, pregnant women and alcoholics who cannot refrain from drinking in the next 5 days or by people who used morphine or heroin in the last 7 days. Naltrexone is non-addictive and will not produce psychological reactions like euphoria or depression. It does not impede with the feelings of pleasure other than the gratification of alcohol and narcotics.
Generic name: Naltrexone hydrochloride
Brand names: Depade and Revia
How is Naltrexone taken?
Naltrexone is taken orally once a day without food. In the treatment center it is often prescribed on different doses: one tablet a day or every other day.
Effects of Naltrexone consumption
Naltrexone is a part of drug treatment program for Opiod. It helps a person control drug cravings and maintain self-discipline by increasing the withdrawal symptoms when used with alcohol or other drugs. It cannot be taken by people who have taken opiod medications/drugs in the preceding 10 days.
Impact on the mind/body and health risks
Rapid detox using Naltroxen is sometimes used by treatment centers to treat opiod dependence. A follow-up medication of Naltroxen tablet every day for one year is implemented to manage the dependence.
Naltrexone Side Effects
Psychological signs: insomnia or restiveness, tearfulness, irritability, nervousness, anxiety and irritability.
Physical signs: rash, muscle or joint pain, drowsiness and intensified or weakened energy level, vomiting, stomach ache and constipation or diarrhea.
Signs of abuse of Naltrexone
Naltroxene is a non-addictive drug that aids in the treatment of alcohol and opiod dependence. There are no reported cases of drug tolerance, drug dependence and withdrawal symptoms.
Common treatment options
Naltroxene may cause severe adverse reactions. It is critical to call the nearest hospital if you experience the following dangerous symptoms:
- Extreme tiredness
- Loss of appetite
- Atypical bleeding
- Pain in the upper right side of the abdomen
- Light-colored bowel movement
- Dark urine
- Yellowish discoloration of skin or eyes
Analogous to any other medication, prompt medical attention is required for any adverse reaction that may cause serious or fatal injury to the user.