What is naltrexone?
This drug, used in naltrexone therapy, is an opioid receptor blocker. Hence, when you take Naltrexone, it blocks many of your body’s opioid receptors. So, why would you want this to happen? Why would you want naltrexone therapy?
What is naltrexone therapy good for?
Interestingly, this drug helps with both opioid addiction and alcoholism. While these are different illnesses, naltrexone’s blocking action can treat both. How does this work?
It’s all about the cravings.
Long after you have quit heroin or booze, you will have thoughts about using your drug of choice. While these thoughts will subside over time, it only takes one moment of weakness to lead up to a tragic relapse. Consequently, suppressing or eliminating cravings is of the utmost importance.
Naltrexone reduces drug cravings.
When an alcoholic in recovery takes naltrexone, they have less cravings for alcohol. Additionally, when an opioid addict takes it, they will have fewer opioid cravings. By reducing cravings, the patient will have a better chance of staying clean and sober. Another benefit of naltrexone therapy for opioid addiction is that if the patient relapses, the opioid will have little or no effect because of the receptor blockade.
So, will naltrexone keep patients clean, sober and safe from relapse?
Unfortunately, naltrexone is not a perfect solution. While it does suppress cravings, it cannot always completely eliminate all cravings. Hence, relapse is still possible. This is true for alcoholics and opioid addicts. Therefore, the patient should also engage in therapy and recovery activities. Another concern is the opioid addict who tries to take enough opioids to overcome the naltrexone blockade and get high. In this case, they risk overdosing. The patient should be warned about this possibility.
Does Naltrexone Therapy have any other uses?
In fact, there are other uses for the drug. For example, there is something called Low Dose Naltrexone, or LDN. As you can imagine, LDN involves doctors prescribing very low doses of naltrexone. It is believed that LDN therapy reduces inflammation in the central nervous system. Doctors prescribe it to treat various autoimmune disorders.
Is naltrexone a pill?
While you can get a very affordable and effective daily naltrexone tablet, there is also a monthly injectable form. Compounded sublingual naltrexone troches are also available.
Is naltrexone addicting.
One of the great benefits of naltrexone is the fact that it is not addicting at all. Additionally, it does not cause physical dependence. Hence if you stop taking it, you will not get withdrawal sickness. The fact that naltrexone is not a controlled drug is viewed very favorably by many people. Please, read more about naltrexone here.
How can I find a Naltrexone Doctor near me?
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