Naltrexone and Alcohol
What Is Naltrexone?
Naltrexone is a drug that has shown a great deal of promise in assisting people who are working to overcome their addiction to alcohol. Naltrexone acts by binding to endorphin receptors in the body and completely blocking the pleasurable sensation that one gets either from drinking alcohol or taking opioids. Researchers have found that in the absence of this “high,” researchers have found that even the heaviest drinkers have little incentive to continue drinking.
Naltrexone has been shown to be safe insofar as it carries no risk of dependence and has few withdrawal side effects. Naltrexone is not an opioid and will not itself give the person taking it a euphoric high, even in large doses. Therefore, the risk of this drug being abused is relatively low. These factors make it particularly helpful in assisting people recovering from addiction. Naltrexone comes in two forms: a pill form called Depade or ReVia and an injectable form called Vivitrol.
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