Naltrexone

MaxHealth Family, Internal & Sports Medicine

Family Medicine & Mental Health located in Colleyville, TX

Addiction is powerful, but treatment and recovery is always possible. At a state-of-the-art facility in Colleyville, Texas, the MaxHealth Family, Internal & Sports Medicine team is there to help you overcome addiction to drugs. Naltrexone is a common prescription medication used to treat opioid addiction and reduce dependency. If you or a loved one is facing addiction, contact the office to learn more about treatment options.

Naltrexone Q & A

What is naltrexone?

Vivitrol, the brand name for naltrexone, is a prescription medication for the treatment of addiction. Naltrexone is primarily used to treat patients with opioid dependencies, including heroin, morphine, and methadone addiction.

Naltrexone is a non-habit-forming drug that won’t cause patients to become physically or psychologically dependent. When used in combination with comprehensive addiction treatment programs, naltrexone has been shown to help:

  • Reduce desire for opioids
  • Prevent relapse

How does naltrexone work?

Naltrexone is an opioid antagonist, which works to block the effects of opioids throughout the body. The medication can be taken orally or injected into a muscle. Before starting naltrexone, a patient must stop using drugs for at least seven days and go through detoxification. Patients should not start naltrexone before detoxification.

The effects of naltrexone begin within 30 minutes of taking the medication, but a decreased desire for opioids make take up to a few weeks. In combination with a complete treatment program, including lifestyle changes and counseling from MaxHealth Family, Internal & Sports Medicine, naltrexone can help patients recover from addiction.

Am I a good candidate for naltrexone?

Naltrexone is recommended for people with opioid addictions. Before starting naltrexone, you need to detox and go seven days without drug use. While on naltrexone, it’s often recommended that you participate in counseling or other support programs to help you recover from addiction. Talk to the MaxHealth Family, Internal & Sports Medicine team for guidance.

Naltrexone, or Vivitrol, can be a good option for patients who didn’t have success with other medications, including Suboxone. You may not be a good candidate for naltrexone if you have liver failure or you’re currently pregnant.

What are the side effects of naltrexone?

Many people taking naltrexone don’t experience any side serious effects. If you’re prescribed naltrexone, the risks of the medication are likely fewer than other options available to you. Some patients may experience:

  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Anxiety
  • Sleep problems

In a small number of patients, withdrawal symptoms can occur. If you experience abdominal cramps, nausea, diarrhea, aches, or mood changes while on naltrexone, you should seek medical care.

If you’re suffering from addiction, help is available. The team at MaxHealth Family, Internal & Sports Medicine can help you get on a path to recovery. Call the office or request an appointment online today to learn more.