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Vivitrol (naltrexone) for Opiate Dependence: I have had the shot several times in the the past but that has been over three years ago and I did have some side effects. The worst was vomiting in the morning but it lasted about an hour after I woke up. It lasted for 2 weeks everytime I got the shot. It has been 3 years and I started the shot again. I got the shot 3 days ago and I have one swollen lymph node under my neck and my stomach is messed up with craps but it cramps I have never felt. They hurt but only in the morning and I don't get sick. They are not that bad. I know one thing that sucked is my anxiety has increased which is a problem for me and kind of scary. The shot is a good idea even with the side effects, its 1000 times better than being dope sick.
naltrexone for Alcohol Dependence: Naltrexone is awesome! I have been through hospitalizations, AA and rehab. Naltrexone took away 90% of my urges/craving for alcohol. My doctor also put me on Campral and now I am 100% free of urges/cravings. The only thing I don't like is that I can't ejaculate during sex. My doctor said that will go away. Your insurance will cover these meds as long as your doctor puts in a pre-authorization. I got control of my life back because of these medicines.
naltrexone for Alcohol Dependence: Naltrexone is very effective and quick-acting: prior to commencing treatment, I would drink 2 bottles of wine each and every evening without fail. Naltrexone helped me break this habit very quickly - it starts working from the very first tablet you take.
After 4 weeks of Naltrexone therapy, I could pass 6-7 days without touching a single drop of alcohol. This medication has helped me rebuild my life. The side effects from Naltrexone are minor: tiredness and anxiety and sometimes heart palpitations.
For best results, take the Naltrexone around 4 or 5pm - this is a few hours before the usual time I would start drinking alcohol.
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naltrexone for Alcohol Dependence: I read about the Sinclair Method a few years ago, but it took me several doctors to finally find one to prescribe Naltrexone. It is only FDA approved for use with abstinence, which is why most physicians aren't likely to prescribe it per the Sinclair Method. I finally found a psychiatrist who agreed to try it with me. I split the tablets for the first two days to get used to it. I noticed its effects immediately. I take one tablet one hour before I feel like drinking something, usually in the late afternoon. I don't really feel any different after I take it, except that I have a much lower "craving" and I drink about 30%-80% less now. Sometimes makes me a little queasy or tired, but I haven't had a blackout or a hangover since. I love it!
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naltrexone for Opiate Dependence: Made me extremely sick. I have shortness of breath, my joints are all swollen and ache, major stomach pains. I ended up in the hospital where I was informed I had a severe reaction to it.
Revia (naltrexone) for Alcohol Dependence: I do not obsess over alcohol like I used to. On occasion when I have wanted a glass of wine, I take it approximately an hour prior and can actually drink like a normal person (1-2 glasses vs. 1-2 bottles). This medication is a God send.
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naltrexone for Alcohol Dependence: I believe this medication works to shut off the reward system and also perhaps cravings. It helped me stop drinking for five weeks, only problem is you must have the desire to stop drinking to keep taking it. If you do take it, it definitely helps by stopping the high of drinking, perhaps to the level of someone who never really liked the taste of alcohol or could stop at 'just one' instead of 'just one more.'
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naltrexone for Fibromyalgia: Since I began taking 5 mg naltrexone at night, I fall asleep quickly, I sleep very well for 8 to 9 hours. I wake up refreshed and without pain. I no longer take antidepressants, sleeping pills, anxiety or pain medication. My mental functioning is much better but not back to Pre-CFIDS standard. I don't have normal energy or drive but my life is so much closer to normal than it was a year ago, I have no complaints. The only other medication I take is for high blood pressure. The only side effect I have is a slight headache when I wake in the morning but it ALWAYS goes away soon after I get up. I would take this medication if the only thing I got from it was good quality sleep.
naltrexone for Alcohol Dependence: Took my first Naltrexone pill yesterday. Waited for an hour and felt calm. Decided to try the Sinclair Method my opening a bottle of wine. I never drank so slow in my life and could not go past a glass and a half. This has not happened to me in over 10 years. I can down 2 bottle of wines plus more on a daily basis and yesterday I experienced something so different. I threw away the rest of the wine. I am going to use this for a year and see if I can break out of the habit. It has been prescribed in the UK for alcohol treatment for over a year now and addiction clinics can prescribe them under some guidance.
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naltrexone for Opiate Dependence: I am now 20 years old and have struggled to kick my heroin addiction for the past 6 years. After four treatment centers and a ton of detox's my doctor finally told me about naltrexone. I found a doctor right away and started getting my injections! I am now almost 6 months sober and recently found out I was pregnant. So now I face the question of continue my injection or stop because of the complications it could have on my pregnancy. Although their is no studies or information about it hurting my baby they also don't have any idea.
naltrexone for Alcohol Dependence: I started drinking in high school, alcoholism runs in my family and I started early. I tried AA and 5 rehab facilities but always started drinking again. I never had any will power or control, but alcoholics rarely do. Over 10 years ago now a doctor asked me if I wanted to try this medication and it worked from day one. It took away my cravings, changed the way I functioned, my entire life. At 46 years old I was sober and staying sober for the first time. I now have a little over 10 years sobriety. Run don't walk to your doctor to try this medication. It can give you the life we use to only dream of. Good luck!
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Review by Blueskydreary500 (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
Revia (naltrexone) for Opiate Dependence: This medication has helped me exponentially, I was addicted to opiates for the past 8 years. I was in and out of hospitals with no positive outcome in sight, this is the first time I have been able to maintain any kind of sobriety. Along with other support the cravings have never been so minimal. All I can say is that I'm truly happy that I was prescribed this medication.
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naltrexone for Alcohol Dependence: I Discovered 1984 Naltrexone was available in the USA. I am Australian, Started Social Drinking at 19yrs. Became Totally Alcohol Dependent at 24yrs. In & Out of Trouble with the Law. Many Episodes of detox. AA did Not work for me. Finally a Hospital in 2000 allowed me Into their Limited Detox Unit. I read literature on Naltrexone for Drug Addicts & Alcoholics, Asked the Drs could We try this Naltrexone as Nothing has Ever Worked . Will Power NO. Detox on many Occasions NO. Relationships Broken due to my Alcoholism. Finally in 2000 Nov. First given 50mg in Detox. Out of Hospital I drank on the side & became So ill! Aug 2001. That was It! I'm 62yrs Now! Wish Naltrexone was Available when I was 24yrs Old. Sober Now since Aug 2001.
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naltrexone for Alcohol Dependence: I've been dealing with alcohol dependence for over 15 years. Have tried counseling numerous times on advise from previous doctors but always returned to drinking. Finally found a doctor who identified my patterns as worthy of medication. I've been on naltrexone for 3 weeks now and I feel like I have my brain back, my thoughts are healthy, I can go out to see bands with my mates and not feel like I want a drink, I have fun and enjoy a sober night. This medication is a blessing and I would recommend it highly. Small side effect of constipation, but nothing a little extra fiber can't help with.
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naltrexone for Alcohol Dependence: I have been an Alcoholic and chronic relapser for over a year. My cravings never allowed me to put my 12 step program to work. But after a week on Naltrexone 50mg and my cravings have totally disappeared. NOTE: I still think should I have a drink but my desire to drink says nope I really don't need one. This medicine coupled with support is a win-win for me. I thank God for this medicine to allow me to decide I don't want a drink vs. making me throw up and be "punished" for drinking.
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Review by Roger D T (taken for less than 1 month):
Vivitrol (naltrexone) for Opiate Dependence: I took my first Vivitrol shot 7/31/12. 3 hours later I was having the worst withdrawals one could ever imagine. The worst lasted about 2 days followed by 7 days of symptoms like constant anxiety, sleeplessness, muscle spasms, then 3 or 4 days of regular side effects. My Dr. told me that I may not have been completely detoxed when I took the shot and that might have been the cause of my extreme reaction. I'm going to get my 2nd shot on 8/31. I feel that without the shot the possibility of relapse will be greater, so the benefit outweighs the negative side-effects. I'll let you know how it turns out.
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naltrexone for Fibromyalgia: This medication reduced my fibromyalgia pain and some other symptoms significantly more than any of the other medications or combination of treatments usually prescribed for fibromyalgia. Initial side effects easily managed by starting at a very low dose.
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Vivitrol (naltrexone) for Opiate Dependence: I am a very young addict, and when I was in rehab I wasn't even aware of the shot. The shot is a wonderful thing. I have had no cravings whatsoever, and I am very hopeful for the future. The shot is not a make everything better thing however one must continue with meetings and work hard everyday at their recovery. Good Luck. Highly recommended.
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Revia (naltrexone) for Alcohol Dependence: I have never slept so well or had any withdrawal problems on this medication. This medication is a God-send. I wish I would have taken my therapist's advice and taken it sooner. Being from a family of alcoholics and eventually becoming one myself I was left with no other option but this one. It was my last hope. I can say that this medication works, and works well. You think clearer and your sleep patterns return to normal. Sleeping was a problem for me before. I would recommend anyone with a dependency problem to discuss this medication with their doctor or therapist.
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Vivitrol (naltrexone) for Alcohol Dependence: I just received my second Vivitrol shot. I am so glad that I did. It has helped curve my cravings and have had no side effects. I've been a heavy drinker for 16 years and have struggled with relapsing for a few years. I know this isn't a cure and this is a daily disease that should never be put on the back burner but not having the cravings where the only thing I can think about is that next drink helps a ton. To anyone that is thinking about trying Vivitrol I would say stop thinking about it and do it.
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naltrexone for Alcohol Dependence: I rate this medicine a 10 because of the fact that the craving did go away almost instantly. I am taking the low dose tablet. I've only been on it for 2 days, I do have to say though it has made me tired, moody, and I've had a hard time concentrating, especially when driving.
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naltrexone for Opiate Dependence: This medicine is a definite winner if you want to stay clean. I find its effects almost hypnotic, I rarely think of smack any more. But I've lost over a stone in weight since starting my script 5 months ago. I want to stay on it but am afraid I'll fade away.
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Vivitrol (naltrexone) for Alcohol Dependence: I am looking forward to my second injection. The obsession of taking a drink has been diminished significantly. I am motivated and happy. I attend 12 step meetings and do everything suggested from the fellowship however, this medication has taken me to the next level in my sobriety. It is merely a band aid to my disease and support is still extremely important. I recommend this medication to any chronic alcoholic who has a problem staying sober.
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