If patients take Naltrexone, does it mean that they don't need other treatments for alcohol dependence?
No. Research studies have shown that Naltrexone was most effective when it was combined with treatment from professionals and/or mutual-support groups. Research studies show higher success rate of clients reaching 1 year of sobriety when given the implant while receiving behavioral health, and mental health services.
How does the Naltrexone Pellet work as an implant?
The implant is a small pellet that is inserted into the lower abdomen under local anesthetic. The pellet, once implanted, releases a controlled amount of Naltrexone into the body over a time ranging from 3 mo, 6mo, to 1 year depending on the preferred implant. Sustainable Recovery starts with a 3 month implant to see how the patient reacts to the implant. After 3 months, the patient is eligible to elect to get the 1 year implant.
Who is Naltrexone not for?
The medication is not for use in pregnant or breast-feeding patients, those with liver or kidney disease, or those with hepatitis. The medication also may have slight side effects, including nausea, cramping, headaches, and anxiety - these side effects, however, are generally experienced only by a small portion of patients. Care must be taken to notify your doctor regarding medications you are currently taking to being prescribed, as Naltrexone may interfere with the effectiveness of some medications.
What will happen if a patient drinks alcohol while taking Naltrexone?
Naltrexone does not reduce the effects of alcohol that impair coordination and judgment. Naltrexone may reduce the feeling of intoxication and the desire to drink more, but it will not cause a severe physical response to drinking.
Will I get sick if I stop Naltrexone suddenly?
Naltrexone does not cause physical dependence and it can be stopped at any time without withdrawal symptoms. In addition, available findings regarding cessation do not show a "rebound" effect to resume alcohol use when Naltrexone is discontinued.