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Cure for alcoholism naltrexone?
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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Not a cure
Naltrexone will help alcoholism by staving off the effect and making you sick if you drink.
Alcoholism is not curable but treatable addiction disordet.

In brief: Not a cure
Naltrexone will help alcoholism by staving off the effect and making you sick if you drink.
Alcoholism is not curable but treatable addiction disordet.
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Dr. Luis Villaplana
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2 comments
Dr. Gregg Albers
Naltrexone affects the desire to drink, and the reward your brain feels from the alcohol. It will not make you sick.
Dr. Stuart Wasser
I agree with Dr Albers. People can drink on Naltrexone without getting sick and it reduces cravings by a variety of mechanisms. Nevertheless, when we reduce the euphoria associated with drinking, we become more aware of the negative effects of alcohol on our body and may become a little ill. Howve, naltrexone is not antabuse
Dr. Mark Reynolds
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Diminishes effect
Naltrexone blocks opioid receptors which are thought to play a role in the reinforcing properties of drinking.
Studies support that it can help to diminish the number of days of heavy drinking in a subset of patients with alcoholism. It is not a cure. It does not make u sick to drink on it. Vivitrol is very nice as a depot injection that stays with one for 30 days.

In brief: Diminishes effect
Naltrexone blocks opioid receptors which are thought to play a role in the reinforcing properties of drinking.
Studies support that it can help to diminish the number of days of heavy drinking in a subset of patients with alcoholism. It is not a cure. It does not make u sick to drink on it. Vivitrol is very nice as a depot injection that stays with one for 30 days.
Dr. Mark Reynolds
Dr. Mark Reynolds
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Dr. Mark Shukhman
Addiction Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: One of the
Fda approved two ways to take naltrexone: a pill once a day (naltrexone, revia) or a shot once a month (vivitrol).
There is another method, when the patient is instructed to take Naltrexone only before drinking. There are some evidence that of these works better. I use this "sinclair method" a lot. In my practice, i normally combine naltrexon with other medications to increase the odds of success.

In brief: One of the
Fda approved two ways to take naltrexone: a pill once a day (naltrexone, revia) or a shot once a month (vivitrol).
There is another method, when the patient is instructed to take Naltrexone only before drinking. There are some evidence that of these works better. I use this "sinclair method" a lot. In my practice, i normally combine naltrexon with other medications to increase the odds of success.
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Dr. Mark Shukhman
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