Naltrexone is a type of medication used to treat both alcohol use disorder and opioid use disorder. This medication is approved by the food and drug administration. Naltrexone is administered in two ways:
- As an intramuscular injectable drug
- As a pill when treating alcohol use disorder
How Does Naltrexone Work?
There is a lot of misconception about naltrexone. First of all, it is essential to note that naltrexone is not addictive, nor is it an opioid. It also does not cause withdrawal symptoms making it safe to use. Naltrexone works by blocking the sedative and euphoric effects of different drugs such as codeine, heroin, and morphine.
Adults above 18 years of age should use the drug. According to the Food and Drug Administration authority, the drug should not be used by people under 18 years.
Injectable naltrexone should only be administered by a licensed health care professional. If you receive any of the following reactions after a naltrexone injection, Contact the doctor immediately:
- Dark Scab
- large swollen
Things to Avoid When Using Naltrexone
Opioid Use Disorder
If you use short-acting opioids, you should wait at least seven days before using naltrexone. If you use long-acting opioids, wait for 10 to 14 days before using naltrexone. If you are using naltrexone, do not use illicit drugs, drink alcohol, or use other types of opioids.
Alcohol Use Disorder
When the drug is used for alcohol use disorder, we advise the patient to abstain from alcohol and other illegal substances. This is because you risk suffering from severe side effects such as vomiting and nausea. For this reason, medical practitioners will only give naltrexone to two patients who have finished the alcohol detox process.
So how does naltrexone help with alcohol use disorder? Naltrexone reduces cravings by binding itself to the endorphin receptors. When you stop drinking alcohol, you should use this drug to help maintain your sobriety.
General Things to Avoid
You should avoid using naltrexone If you are addicted to opioids and suffer from an acute opioid withdrawal symptom. You should also avoid the drug if you have failed a naloxone challenge test.
Another thing you need to avoid is missing a single dose of the drug. If you miss a dose, the level of opioid tolerance in your body will decrease, and this might result in a lapse. if you happen to miss an oral dose of the drug, skip it if it is almost time for your next dose.
Do not exceed your dose because this may cause severe liver injury. Also, do not use the drug if you are suffering from acute hepatitis.
Get in Touch with a Pharmacy You Can Trust
If you are looking for a pharmacy that you can trust, do not hesitate to get in touch with The Healthy Choice pharmacy. We have the expertise and technical know-how to administer injectable Naltrexone and also treat you when you have side effects. To learn more about this drug and how it should be used, call us at 914-238-1700.