Uses For Naltrexone
Naltrexone is classified as an opioid receptor antagonist that is used in the management of alcohol and opioid dependence. It decreases the craving for alcohol and blocks the effects of opiate street drugs. Usually it is used with counseling and social support, which is provided in detox and treatment, to identify the larger issue at bay. Like all of our other detox medication we administer, naltrexone is only given to the patient for a short amount of time in order to get them off of drugs and alcohol as fast as possible.
For alcohol dependence, Naltrexone reduces craving for alcohol. Although it can be taken while the patient is still drinking to reduce craving over time, in detox facilities we give this drug for one purpose: to overcome short term intense cravings while detoxing off all drugs. For opiate dependence is blocks the receptors and eases withdrawal symptoms. Naltrexone may be used in replace of buprenorphine or methadone but few tests have been done to show the effectiveness in treating opioid dependency at the same rate as these more popular drugs. Because it has little effect of opioid dependence it is almost always administered to patients withdrawing from alcohol because it is more effective in these patients. Naltrexone is used for rapid detox or detoxification as well.
Naltrexone is administered in pill form or in an injection that can last up to a month in a time released formula. Although it can be taken while the patient is still drinking to reduce craving over time, in detox facilities we give this drug for one purpose: to overcome short term intense cravings while detoxing off all drugs.
All drugs prescribed during detox are determined by our medical staff upon admission and after a comprehensive medical examination.