Where is Naltrexone Hydrochloride used?
Naltrexone Hydrochloride is an opiate antagonist that is used to prevent people who have been dependent on opioid drugs. An opioid is a drug that works in the brain to create a variety of effects. It includes the relief of pain.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already approved this medication. This is supplied as a tablet for oral use.
How does Naltrexone Hydrochloride work?
This medicine blocks opioid receptors in the brain. This means that if you take an opioid while you are taking this drug, it won’t be able to stimulate the opioid receptors. It won’t also have any effects. While you are taking this medication, opioids will no longer give you the high you previously got by using them. Although the physical craving for the opioid will have gone after going through detoxification, the psychological craving usually lasts for longer.
Naltrexone Hydrochloride does not stop this it just stops you from getting a high from the drug if you should give in to the craving. This medication must be used in combination with other forms of therapy and good social and psychological support. It is to help you remain drug-free.
How is Naltrexone Hydrochloride taken?
- This drug is to be taken by mouth usually 50 milligrams once a day.
- Take it with or without food as directed by your doctor.
- Each tablet is to be swallowed as a whole with a full glass of water.
- Do not increase your dose, take it more often, or stop taking it without the approval of your doctor.
- To help you remember, take it at the same time each day.
- Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it.
- Drink lots of fluids while having this medication. Doing so may lessen the risk of certain side effects.
What are the side effects of Naltrexone Hydrochloride?
- Increased thirst
- Sleep problems or insomnia
Tell your doctor if you have these serious side effects:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Abdominal or stomach cramps
- Bone, joint, or muscle aches
- Runny nose
What are the precautions in taking Naltrexone Hydrochloride?
- This drug may sometimes cause drowsiness that may affect your ability to drive or operate machinery safely. Make sure that this medicine affects you before driving or operating a machine.
- You must not attempt to overcome the opioid blockage caused by this medicine by taking high doses of an opioid. This may potentially result in a life-threatening opioid overdose.
- Use this drug with caution in people with decreased liver or kidney function.
- This is to be used carefully in women who are pregnant and only if the potential benefits outweigh any risk of developing a baby. If you think you could be pregnant while having this medication, you should consult your doctor right away.
- You should get advice from your doctor before breastfeeding. This drug may pass into breast milk.
- Tell your doctor if you have current medications including herbal supplements or vitamins.
- Avoid alcoholic beverages while having this product.
- Do not take this if you ever had an allergic reaction or if you are allergic to this drug.