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Pretty much exactly: Like it is spelled. NALL - TREKS - ZONE, with the accent on the second syllable. It's cousin naloxone is pronounced similarly - NALL - OX - ZONE. In the UK they pronounce many of these differently, and accent the first syllable more, and some will pronounce the last syllable more like - ZIN than ZONE. But they talk funny. ...Read more
It blocks your opioid receptors. As a result, the enjoyment from alcohol will decrease, which make some people reconsider the reason for drinking.
Revia can also be used to start opioid withdrawal or to maintain an opioid -free person from using again.
There are many other uses for the medication. ...Read more
For alcohol?: First, no medication by itself will cure the problem, other support is needed, meetings, counseling. Genetics seems to play a role in what meds are most helpful for certain individuals. There are other meds that are helpful for treating alcohol dependence such as topiramate, campral, ondansetron, Gabapentin and Baclofen are some other meds that may be helpful. ...Read more
naltrexone blocks opioid receptors. You have no opioids in your system – it means you did not take any narcotic pain medications, heroine etc - you are not likely to have any reactions.
On the other hand, we produce our own endorphins. You normally have them in response to good food, sex, pain, etc. It is very rarely happens that some people have mild nausea when they take the first dose. ...Read more
Only if you are: Opioid dependent, in which case it will put you into severe withdrawal starting within 10-15 minutes of taking the pill. If you are not on opioids, it will not do anything, other than perhaps the main side effect of feeling a little queasy. Not sure how anybody can take a pill "by accident, " and suspect there is more to your story. Naltrexone is used off-label for itching, gambling problems etc. ...Read more
On naltrexone and I just stopped taking dalaid 3days ago. Will they have any unnecessary effects?
Not likely: The Naltrexone blocks or occupies opiate receptor sites so it tends to render those drugs 'ineffective'. Because of it's high affinity for those sites, it also tends to dislodge any opiate still there and thus can precipitate a withdrawal reaction in chronic opiate addicts. This is what happens with Suboxone if started too early on someone who has been using opiates; it can also decrease 'craving'. ...Read more
How well does oral naltrexone work to control cravings? I go to AA and weening off sub's after 5 years.
Suboxone???: If you are on ANY opioid, including suboxone, naltrexone is ABSOLUTELY CONTRAINDICATED. It can put you into withdrawal, which can be severe. Naltrexone is widely used to help people with opiate problems after they are completely detoxed, but if used before that can be dangerous. It decreases alcohol craving, but its effects of opiates is purely as a blocker and deterrent, not on craving per se. ...Read more
I'm sober for 2 years and have been using Naltrexone 50mg per day for that time. Is it bad if I stay on Naltrexone for another couple of years?
I commend you for overcoming your Alcohol Dependence, and being sober for 2 years.
Naltrexone has helped prevent Alcohol relapse.
Alcohol relapse also has been prevented due to your desire and commitment to be sober.
Feel good about your achievements of last 2years.
Become Captain over your Sobriety, not VICTIM
See Psychiatrist for side effects of Naltrexone and Therapy.
Attend AA meetings. ...Read more
Yes: And they are MASSIVELY under prescribed. The current issue of JAMA has an important article on this issue, as well as an editorial. Only a handful of patients who could benefit from these drugs every receive them. There is evidence of a genetic susceptibility to success with these drugs, especially naltrexone. They are meant to be combined with counseling and other therapies, and double success. ...Read more
Low dose Naltrexone works well for fibromyalgia. Taper all opioid medications. Wait a few weeks. Start at 4.5 mg taken 2 hours before bedtime. After about 2-3 weeks sleep improves. After about a month pain scores start dropping.
Very safe, essentially no side effects. Some people do have vivid dreams. ...Read more
Naltrexone: Potential side effects of Naltrexone (Vivitrol/ Revia) include: nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, loose stools, constipation, v appetite, insomnia, anxiety, irritability, headache, sedation, ^ energy, v energy, rash & pain of muscles or joints. I have never taken this medication - so I have not experienced side effects. ...Read more
Hmm...: Best advice is to ask your docotr/gastroenterologist! There are currently studies of low dose Naltrexone use being done at penn state and other institutions around the globe to determine this; as well as usage of "ldn" for the treatment of other diseases. Always ask your doctor if this is right for you; and if it is available to you. ...Read more
Well...be careful.: Yes. Naltrexone blocks opioid receptors, so it's a good option for people who are detoxed already. If Naltrexone is used prior to detox, it will lead to immediate withdrawal symptoms. In addition, use of opioids after discontinuing Naltrexone are at risk for serious overdose, most likely due to loss of tolerance. Naltrexone is best for motivated people who have already undergone detoxification. ...Read more
I use this a lot: Minimal side effects and and often life altering benefits. The pills need to be taken twice daily and work better at 100mg/day. The shot is expensive but more effective. There is no question that this is the most underutilised med in addiction medicine mainly because doctors are either afraid of or ignorant how to detox patients from opiods. My alcoholics also stop drinking. ...Read more
Opioid blocker: Naltrexone blocks the effects of opioids in the body. The mechanism by which it works has not been determined precisely. The brief blockade of opioid receptors between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. that is caused by taking it at bedtime each night is believed to produce an increase of endorphins which then positively affect immune system. Precise mechanism still not determined. ...Read more
Complicated picture: For the best chances of understanding the intentions of each prescription in a medically complex picture like yours - discuss all of it w/ the doctor (s) treating you. The pain of connective tissue disease often lessened by NSAIDs or steroids and if you'd been given opiates in the past, the naltrexone will help switch from them. Ask, it's good to talk w/ Dr's to know how to best improve Tx. Best! ...Read more
Revia (naltrexone) Ingredients::
HYPROMELLOSE 2910 (3 MPA. S)
HYPROMELLOSE 2910 (6 MPA. S)
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 400
FERRIC OXIDE RED
FERRIC OXIDE YELLOW
TITANIUM DIOXIDE ...Read more
Naltrexone: You might see response as early as a few days but it could take up to a couple weeks to begin seeing the effect. It could take a month or two to obtain the full benefit. If you are having issues with craving in the meantime, consider getting ear acupuncture. It is powerful in blocking cravings. ...Read more