Is Naltrexone Helpful for Treating Opiate Addiction?
If you have struggled with opiate abuse or addiction and have tried to quit on your own without success, you may want to know is Naltrexone helpful for treating opiate addiction.
What is Naltrexone?
Naltrexone is an opioid antagonist that is used to block the receptors and prevent the euphoric effects from using opiates such as OxyContin, Vicodin and Heroin. Naltrexone is taken orally in pill form once a day and it is most often taken for a period of 12 months. It is also available in a once a month injectible. A Naltrexone implant is available during rapid detox in which the individual is placed under anesthesia and the implant is surgically inserted in the posterior or lower abdomen. The individual will receive a daily amount of Naltrexone for one year. It is important to note that the FDA has not approved the Naltrexone implant. Rapid detox is a highly controversial procedure and is different from medical detox. Naltrexone is used after the individual has stopped using opiates for a period of seven to ten days. Persons using Naltrexone while still engaged in active opiate use can result in severe withdrawal. Naltrexone is not safe for women who are pregnant or nursing. Additionally, persons who have been diagnosed with kidney or liver disease or Hepatitis should not use Naltrexone.
Side Effects of Naltrexone
There are a number of side effects associated with Naltrexone including:
- Abdominal pain
- Muscle/joint pain
- Vision problems
- Liver failure
The Bottom Line of Naltrexone
The bottom line as to whether or not Naltrexone is helpful for treating Opiate addiction is that while it has been found to reduce cravings for opiate abuse it will not treat withdrawal symptoms nor prevent opiate abuse or addiction. Limited research found that Naltrexone is best effective when used with a long-term addiction program.
Alternative to Naltrexone
An alternative to Naltrexone is an IV therapy medical detox program. IV therapy medical detox will remove the chemical toxins from the body that have accumulated as a result of opiate abuse. IV therapy is different from traditional detox that uses oral medications that may take a long time to become active in the body. Following-up IV therapy medical detox with a rehab treatment or behavioral therapy program can help improve the chances for long-term recovery success. If you have questions regarding IV therapy medical detox or need more information about Naltrexone and its effectiveness, Gallus Detox Center can help. Call today at 855-338-6929.