Naltrexone blocks the effects of opioid medication, including pain relief or feelings of well-being that can lead to opioid abuse. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic. Naltrexone is used as part of a treatment program for drug or alcohol dependence. Naltrexone is used to prevent relapse in people who became dependent on opioid medicine and then stopped using it. Naltrexone can help reduce feeling a "need" to use the opioid. Naltrexone is also used to treat alchocholism by reducing one's urge to drink alcohol.
You should not receive Naltrexone if you are having drug or alcohol withdrawal symptoms, if you have taken any opioid medicine within the past 2 weeks, or if you are still actively drinking alcohol.
Before Receiving Naltrexone
You should not receive naltrexone if you still use opioid medicine, or you could have sudden and severe withdrawal symptoms. You should not use naltrexone if you are allergic to it, or if:
You are having withdrawal symptoms from drug or alcohol addiction
You have used any opioid medicine within the past 10 days (including fentanyl, Vicodin, OxyContin, and many others)
You have used methadone or buprenorphine (Subutex, Butrans, Suboxone, Zubsolv) in the past 14 days.
To make sure naltrexone is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
A bleeding or blood-clotting disorder such as hemophilia.
It is not known whether Naltrexone will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Naltrexone can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while using this medicine.
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Treating & Preventing Opioid Overdose:
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How to use various forms of Naloxone (Narcan):
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