Naltrexone Reviews

Naltraxone helps alcoholics stay alcohol-free. This medication is to be taken in combination with counseling, support group meetings, and other treatment aspects prescribed by your Doctor. It is not a cure all medication that will stop you from drinking alcohol but it will help to control cravings, making you less interested in drinking alcohol.

Naltraxone works by blocking the “high” feeling that makes you want to use alcohol. It does not have any effects similar to alcohol and can not cause you to develop a dependency. If you choose to drink alcohol while taking Naltraxone it will not stop any of the effects of alcohol, you will become impaired and relapse in your recovery.

Naltraxone can cause you to develop symptoms of withdrawal. It is recommended that people thinking about taking Naltraxone overcome their dependency and work through the withdrawal period before beginning this medication.

Naltraxone is available by Doctors prescription only.

Naltrexone Side Effects

Common Side Effects

  • Abdominal or stomach cramping or pain (mild or moderate)
  • anxiety, nervousness, restlessness, and/or trouble in sleeping
  • headache
  • joint or muscle pain
  • nausea or vomiting
  • unusual tiredness

Less Common Side Effects

  • Skin rash
  • Abdominal or stomach pain (severe)
  • blurred vision or achingburning, or swollen eyes
  • chest pain
  • confusion
  • discomfort while urinating and/or frequent urination
  • fever
  • hallucinations (seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there)
  • itching
  • mental depression or other mood or mental changes
  • ringing or buzzing in ears
  • shortness of breath
  • swelling of face, feet, or lower legs
  • weight gain

Rare Side Effects

  • Bleeding, blistering burning, coldness, discoloration of skin, feeling of pressure, hives, infection, inflammation, itching, lumps, numbness, pain, rash, redness, scarring, soreness, stinging, swelling, tenderness, tingling, ulceration, or warmth at site of injection
  • chills
  • constipation
  • cough, hoarseness, runny or stuffy nose, sinus problems, sneezing, and/or sore throat
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • fast or pounding heartbeat
  • increased thirst
  • irritability
  • loss of appetite
  • sexual problems in males

Naltrexone Uses

Naltrexone is used to help alcoholics stay alcohol-free. After the patient has completed the initial treatment for their addiction to alcoholism, withdrawal period has passed, they are fully detoxed and onto the psychological treatment aspects then the use of Naltraxone can greatly benefit them. When returning home the temptation to use alcohol can be too strong for many. Naltrexone helps reduce these cravings and take away the “high” that coincides with alcohol consumption.

Naltrexone Dosage and Directions

Naltrexone is obtain by prescription only.

Naltrexone injection may be administered only by a medical professional.  In tablet form the medication can be taken in a home environment, carefully following the prescription instructions.

Patients who are actively drinking will not be prescribed Naltrexone.

Dosing

The dose varies with each individual patient. The following is the average dose given in the treatment of alcoholism.

In tablet form:

  • Adults—The first dose may be 25 milligrams (mg) (one-half tablet). After that, the dose is 50 mg (one tablet) every day.
  • Children and teenagers up to 18 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

In injection form:

  • Adults—380 milligrams (mg) once a month injected into the muscle by your doctor.
  • Children and teenagers up to 18 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.