Naltrexone is a drug used to reduce alcohol cravings. It’s an opioid receptor antagonist, and it is not a cure for alcoholism. When being used in combination with other medications, naltrexone can be very helpful. Naltrexone binds to the receptors in the brain and blocks the effects of opiates (heroin, morphine, etc). Although it is not chemically made for alcohol treatment, it can reduce the rush and comfort felt when consuming alcohol, therefore reducing the desire of the person who abuses it.
There are several side effects to taking naltrexone. Nausea, headaches, and insomnia are quite common, along with dizziness, anxiety, and nervousness. You should not take this medicine if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, have a liver or kidney disease, or if you have hepatitis.
The drug naltrexone is very affordable, which makes the medicine easily accessible to many different types of people. Naltrexone is reliable and safe in small doses, and is not highly addictive like some alcohol abuse medicines. You do not have to detox before you take it, and they have not found any severe reactions to naltrexone with other medicines. Naltrexone is best used when combined with other alcoholic solutions and treatments. Cognitive behavioral therapy and naltrexone have had exceptional results when used together.
Surrounding naltrexone, there is much controversy. Some question whether the drug is helpful if it only works when the addicted person continues to drink. Others believe that the research is flawed, and many doctors will not prescribe it to their patients. The Sinclair Method suggests taking naltrexone only when you know you are going to be drinking. The drug will make the alcoholic drink less and less everyday because he/she will not receive the same effects from the alcohol, and it will no longer be enjoyable. The alcoholic will be able to safely and slowly quit drinking, avoiding the dangerous and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms that accompany quitting drinking.
There are many ways to receive help with your addiction. Treatment Now can help you find the way that works for you. Alcohol withdrawal can be dangerous, and you should be careful when dealing with the addiction. Call Treatment Now for more information and help deciding what treatment is right for you.
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