Block Highs & Reduce Cravings: Originally approved by the FDA in 1984 for opioid addiction, Naltrexone helps patients overcome alcohol and opioid addiction by blocking the effects of opioid drugs. If you’re taking Naltrexone and relapse while Naltrexone is present in the body, any sort of ‘high’ will not be received. Without a ‘high’ being received by the brain, and with the great reduction in cravings Naltrexone delivers, staying on-the-wagon is achieved with outstanding success!
How it Works: Naltrexone is a pure opioid antagonist that competes with opioids such as morphine, heroin or codeine for opioid receptors in the brain. Naltrexone treats alcoholism by having the person take the medication about an hour before they drink alcohol. The opioid blocks the positive reinforcement effects of ethanol and allows the person to stop drinking or drink less. It attenuates or completely blocks, the effects of intravenously administered opioids. Naltrexone blocks the physical dependence to narcotics, morphine, heroin, other opioids, and alcohol.
Written by Dr. Raafat Girgis
Posted on January 1, 2017
What to Expect: Naltrexone’s effects on blocking opioids occurs shortly after taking the first dose. Aside from side effects, which are usually short-lived and mild, patients usually report that they are largely unaware of being on medications. Naltrexone usually has no psychological effects and patients don't feel either "high" or "down" while they are on Naltrexone. It is not addicting. While it does seem to reduce alcohol craving, it does not interfere with the experience of other types of pleasure. Naltrexone is orally administered once a day at home, and the patient will want to see their doctor once a month while taking Naltrexone. The medication also comes in the form of an implant if monthly visits aren’t convenient for the patient, or if the patient is going to be out of town.
If you’re taking Naltrexone and relapse while Naltrexone is present in the body, any sort of ‘high’ will not be received.
What It's For: The main use of Naltrexone is for the treatment of alcoholism and opioid dependence. Naltrexone is a medication that reverses the effects of opioids and is used primarily in the management of alcohol dependence and opioid dependence.
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Naltrexone is a pure opioid antagonist that competes with opioids such as morphine, heroin or codeine for opioid receptors in the brain. Naltrexone treats alcoholism by having the person take the medication about an hour before they drink alcohol.
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