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Naltrexone

Sounds Like: nal.TREX.own

Classification: Opioid Antagonist

Controlled Substance Act Schedule: Rx-only

Other names for Naltrexone

  • Adepend
  • Antaxone
  • Celupan
  • Depade
  • Nalorex
  • Narcoral
  • Nemexin
  • Nodict
  • Trexan
  • Vivitrex
  • Vivitrol
  • Revia

Naltrexone Addiction

Naltrexone was first synthesized in 1963 by scientists at Endo Laboratories in New York. The drug worked better than previously discovered opioid antagonists and subsequently chosen for further testing and trials due to the great promise it showed. Clinical trials for opioid dependence began in 1973, culminating in FDA approval for the oral treatment of opioid dependence in 1984 as the drug Trexan, and for the oral treatment of alcohol dependence in 1995 as Revia. A new version that could be administered via intramuscular injection was approved by the FDA under the brand name Vivitrol for alcohol dependence in 2006 and opioid dependence in 2010.

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Intended Use of Naltrexone

Naltrexone is a drug that’s used to treat alcohol addiction. It can be taken as a pill or via intramuscular injection as Vivitrol.

How Naltrexone Is Taken

Naltrexone is taken as an intramuscular injection or as a pill (taken as directed by a doctor).

Side Effects of
Naltrexone

It’s currently not possible to overdose on naltrexone. The highest known dose taken was equivalent to an entire bottle of prescription naltrexone, and observing doctors reported no serious adverse effects in the patient.

Major side effects of naltrexone include:

  • abdominal or stomach cramping or pain (mild or moderate)
  • anxiety, nervousness, restlessness or trouble sleeping
  • headache
  • joint or muscle pain
  • nausea or vomiting
  • unusual tiredness

Signs of an
Addiction to Naltrexone

Naltrexone in non-addictive.

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