What Is Naltrexone?
Naltrexone is an opioid antagonist that was originally formulated to assist recovering opioid addicts by blocking the euphoric high experienced from taking opioid drugs. Once the high, or the “reward,” is removed, the person abusing the drug has little to no incentive to continue taking the drug. For this purpose, naltrexone has been incredibly effective. Naltrexone acts by binding to endorphin receptors in the body and completely blocking the pleasurable sensation that one gets from drinking alcohol or taking opioid drugs. Naltrexone has also shown great promise in helping alcoholics overcome their addictions in much the same way as those struggling with opioid addictions.
Naltrexone has been shown to be a safe drug to take — with no risk of dependence and 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 naltrexone particularly helpful in assisting recovering addicts.
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