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User Reviews for Naltrexone

Also known as: Depade, Revia, Vivitrol

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For Alcohol Dependence: "Naltrexone is a godsend! My addiction is in my head and this drug helps me big time. I have been alcoholic 4 thirty years and I feel so free from the chains of that goddamn bottle!!"

   
9.0

Quasimodo (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 22, 2015

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For Trichotillomania: "I been on this medication successfully for over 15 years in regards to trichotillomania. I have to say I do have my ups and downs and am not 100% pull free. But this medication has allowed me to have more control and actual hair long enough to live with my tiny occasional outbursts"

   
7.0

gecko1265 July 4, 2015

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For Alcohol Dependence: "I'm only on day 4 but I am in total awe with this medicine. I am in my early 30's and have a 40 beer a week habit. Worried for my future health I talked to my doc who suggested this. I started with a half dose the first two days in the morning. On my way home the first day I picked up a six pack as usual. I took my first drink and was almost freaked out! The beer tasted almost foreign to me. I never would have guessed so much of the taste was my brain's instant reaction to the alcohol. My cravings are nearly all gone and can easily drink one beer and be done. This makes quitting so easy it almost feel like cheating."

   
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TN Guy (taken for less than 1 month) June 27, 2015

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Vivitrol (naltrexone) for Opiate Dependence: "Vivitrol does an excellent job at blocking your opiate receptors, preventing you from getting high. I've been a heavy heroin/oxycodone addict for the last 6 years. This was my first real attempt to quit and decided on Vivitrol because it's non habit forming. I've been on the shot for 5 months now. The reason I give it a so so rating is because it does nothing for your urges and cravings. That's a battle you still have to fight on your own. After my first injection I experienced "brain fog", rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure for the next 24 hours. I was 14 days clean prior to the injection. The next 4 injections went smooth. Vivitrol also seems to effect my sleep pattern, bowel movements, and sex drive for two after each of the injections"

   
5.0

Chain (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 4, 2015

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Revia (naltrexone) for Alcohol Dependence: "it works very well, it's a good friend. I have 55 attempted suicides, 3 times in one month & came very close to death , sober for 45 days so far good results"

   
9.0

Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) June 4, 2015

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For Alcohol Dependence: "I have been drinking a half - one full liter of wine 4-7 nights every week for the last year. In the middle I had a brief 2 month period of sobriety following a wreckless decision I made while drunk, which literally scared me sober. One day I had a dinner to go to and foolishly decided it was ok to drink. I went right back to old habits and 6 months later found myself desperate to quit. My drinking problem is a secret, so I cannot do AA. I'm taking 50 mg as needed, usually at night when I normally start to crave a drink. It has only been a week, but every time I take it I completely forget that I wanted the drink to begin with. I have had no side effects except for a "pins & needles" feeling occasionally. It's minor. This drug is from GOD."

   
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Daisydooda May 29, 2015

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Vivitrol (naltrexone) for Opiate Dependence: "I'm an ex IV heroin user. Vivitrol is a great way to deal with cravings I've never been happier."

   
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exuser May 21, 2015

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For Opiate Dependence: "I was on Methadone for 4 years at 140mg and tried twice to taper down and get off. But the withdrawal symptoms going down each time caused stress, anxiety and I failed both times despite my true desire to have my have my life back. I went to the Colman Institute desperate for help to get off deathADONE! It ruined my life, I got fat, I was lazy, unmotivated and it ruined my T count also. I checked in on the 23rd having taken my last dose of Methadone on the 18th and used some H till 3:30 on the 22nd. In eight days I took urine of totally clean of all methadone and H. Then they made a small incision and put in a Naltrexone pellet. Today is May 9th and I'm doing great. All of the sudden my smells come back, my taste, all my senses!"

   
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Deathadone May 8, 2015

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Vivitrol (naltrexone) for Opiate Dependence: "Hello my names Jacoby, I'm 21 I'm a heroin addict. I didn't have anything else work for me. When the suboxone was out of my system I'd relapse. Nothing ever worked for me. I had been putting off the shot as long as I could thinking "well what if I get hurt or break something and need pain killers" then I was fed up. I had lost everything and I was an inch away from losing the love of my life. I made the decision to get the shot I've had it a month now and was clean 2 weeks prior to getting it. Now I feel back to myself again. There's no feeling like it. I can wake up in the morning and roll outta bed to go to work when before I couldn't physically get outta bed without doing a half gram. I highly recommend to get this shot! You won't regret it!"

   
9.0

Jacobyy (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 21, 2015

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Vivitrol (naltrexone) for Alcohol Dependence: "After partying almost 30 years in a successful, trouble free life, I began taking antabuse pills a few years ago without a recovery program. I was told about vivitrol and it interested me in quitting my prescription hydrocodone, benzo, and drinking. My 1st shot was 10 days ago and it does make your mind content. I can tell the drug is wrapped around my receptors. If I where to attempt to take a drink....it feels like I already had one. Not taking pills is no big deal either. I still take a sleep aid at night and Aleve or Ibuprofen for anything else. I. Am now experiencing eating and sleeping like I've seen normal people do all my life. A spiritual feeling should come along with that for those of you who are willing to make a change."

   
8.0

Hollister resident (taken for less than 1 month) March 31, 2015

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For Alcohol Dependence: "For 8 years I have consumed on average 90-120 drinks per week (i.e. a drink bring a beer or glass of wine or 1.5 ounces hard liquor). Within 6 weeks on Naltrexone, the number dropped to 60. After 3 months, it is at 30 drinks per week. Next target is 15 drinks, the "safe" normal limit. Then onto nothing. It works. Don't cheat...take it 1 hour before drinking and see a psychologist specialized in addiction too. Naltrexone is not a silver bullet, but is part of the arsenal to combat alcohol dependency."

   
9.0

RoadwarriorVB March 27, 2015

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For Opiate Dependence: "I just got my first shot yesterday after detoxing for 4 days I have had no reaction to the shot so far besides not being able to sleep as great as I would have liked to last night. I have been struggling with my addiction to pain pills for many years now tired suboxone and stayed some what clean using here and there when I felt like it I would sale my subs to get h. ive been to a detox center a few times even detoxed myself at home and this is comeing from a person that has bad withdraws like vomiting for 6 days straight but for some reason I would always go right back to it. so reading these comments makes me hopeful for my future and I will let ya know how things are after my second shot."

ash:) (taken for less than 1 month) March 27, 2015

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Vivitrol (naltrexone) for Opiate Dependence: "My son decided to place himself in rehab for 30days for opiate dep. Had been on suboxone for 6mos. Addicts know how to manipulate medications. After 30days of being clean and intense inpatient rehab he went with the Vivitrol shot when exiting. It was great! No cravings, he felt great. Upon seeing his new psych in outpatient he warned my son about the dangers of Vivitrol to your liver and would only agree to give him one more shot maybe two after the initial shot. He had two shots total after rehab and is doing amazingly well. If you want to remain sober you have to have the mindset to stay sober. The least amount of time you are on this medication the better. Make sure you have liver function tests done. Vivtrol works"

   
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MADDs March 22, 2015

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Vivitrol (naltrexone) for Opiate Dependence: "I've been using opiates for 8 yrs now the past 3 I have been a heavy IV heroin user. I have been to at least 10 different programs relapsing every time so I'm considered to be a chronic relapser. This time I chose the vivitrol shot I just got this about 5 days ago on the day I was released from rehab and I can guarantee you if it wasn't for this I would be high. This is early in but I have no cravings my mind is clear Definitely going to get the whole year my insurance is goin to pay out.. As for side effects maybe small common ones that you can look up but nothing to complain about. This is the shit y'all, ain't not one bad thing....go get you some"

   
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Chronicwitit March 18, 2015

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For Alcohol Dependence: "I have been drinking very heavily for the past seven years and about a liter to a half gallon a day for the past year. I have been to inpatient rehabs that have lasted from 30 to 90 days and always drank the day I got out. I have been in and out of AA, tried the 12 steps, and tried different sponsors. I could never put more than a week sober together. I finally got my doctor to prescribe it to me after asking many times and now I have 5 months sober. For me that is a miracle. I have never in my life felt better. I have no cravings and the strange thing is I don't remember what it felt like to drink so I feel pre alcoholic again. The thought of drinking just does not come across my mind anymore. This is a well kept secret for a reason."

   
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Papadave (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 9, 2015

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Vivitrol (naltrexone) for Opiate Dependence: "I was so nervous to get the shot after reading all of the horror stories on the Internet. However, it was absolute rubbish. I went in to get my shot having not used for 11-12 days after cold turkey from a nasty prescription pill habit. Roughly 90-120mgs per day and using suboxone a few days a week when I couldn't afford the pills. The people who are feeding you these nightmare precipitated withdrawal stories are getting the shot with opiates still in their system. Obviously, the more and longer you use, the longer it may take for you to get completely opiate free. But 10-14 days is long enough for nearly anybody. Just have the Doctor give you the challenge with Naloxone before he gives you the vivitrol. If you have no reaction you'll be good"

   
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Percolator March 4, 2015

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Vivitrol (naltrexone) for Alcohol Dependence: "I took the Vivitrol for the recommended year, and have not had cravings and remain alcohol free (since 1-31-14). In some ways, I think it also helped me quit smoking. However after 13 shots I feel stiffer than I ever have, and I was wondering if anyone else shared this experience. Some days my shoulders are almost immoveable. I didn't feel this way before the medicine, and I was wondering if there was a correlation. It is actually painful to get out of bed some days."

   
9.0

jbirmi58 March 2, 2015

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For Alcohol Dependence: "I've been a heavy alcohol dependant for 20 yrs, been in detox counsellors all that. Until 34 days ago being the 4th day sober I went to the docs, he supplied naltrexone, still sober I'm also on anti depressants and diazepam for anxiety. I don't crave, the thought drinking makes me feel sick. You have to want to give up honestly and like everything else if you follow your plan it will work. I feel strong and powerful being sober!!Good luck all."

   
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Toniastar February 26, 2015

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Vivitrol (naltrexone) for Alcohol Dependence: "Got my second shot today. It literally took away the urge to dr ink. So far so good."

   
9.0

dtowngal (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 23, 2015

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Vivitrol (naltrexone) for Opiate Dependence: "First shot five days out of rehab, now on my fourth, longest clean time I've had in over five years, such an amazing non addictive non opiod replacement. Gives me the power back to say yes to the shot once every 28 days (I take oral naltrexone starting daily @ day 21) and I have a life again, I'm no longer just a junkie but a daughter, sister, fiance, friend, and have an amazing job. I am a RECOVERING addict. Amazing what rehab, meetings, IOP, and this wonderful tool can do for a herion/oxy/methadone/all opiates IV drug user like me, only needle in my body in 5 months lidocane followed by vivitrol, never thought it could happen as much as I wanted to be clean."

   
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ryanchristina (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 23, 2015

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For Alcohol Dependence: "Been fighting mild alcohol dependance, binge drinking, for a number of years and heard about naltrexone. I took it for a bit last year using the Sinclair method with some success but I wasn't disciplined and under some abnormal life stresses I lost my path. I have again taken it up in the last two months and my alcohol consumption has reduced by 2/3rds. No hangover in 2 months which is miraculous. I get the urge to drink a couple of times a week, usually after a stressful day at work, I take the pill wait an hour and start drinking a beer. Midway through the second beer the desire to continue drinking has gone. Some nausea but much preferable to alcohol effects. If you are a borderline alcoholic it can work wonders."

   
9.0

mced (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 1, 2015

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For Fibromyalgia: "Started Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) which is known to modulate the immune system. Calms, sit down if necessary, or kicks it in gear. Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in 2010 with a rheumatoid factor (RF) of 361. Started antibiotic therapy (described at Rheumatic.org/faq) in September 2010. Summer of 2012 my RF was down to 25. Started LDN that fall. RF now down to 14.9 (0-14.5 is normal). I have NO symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Even my doctor is impressed. The LDN helped boost my health overall. It even prevented my seasonal hayfever. I have found, however, that not all generics are created equal. "

   
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Awondergal January 30, 2015

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For Alcohol Dependence: "I cannot speak highly enough of this medicine. I used to drink a case of beer per week, sometimes more. I've been trying to control my drinking for 3-5 years with no results. After starting on Naltrexone, now I can take it or leave it - I have beer in the house but it doesn't control me in the slightest. To be honest, I lose interest in beer and end up pouring it down the drain because I can't finish the can! I began by taking a half dose for the first 10 days, which was good because it does cause some drowsiness/sluggishness. I'm also losing weight because my appetite is not what it used to be. Hope this is helpful to someone else out there who wants a medical aid to curbing (or eliminating) their excessive drinking."

   
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Freed From Dependence (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 18, 2015

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Vivitrol (naltrexone) for Alcohol Dependence: "I took my 1st Vivitrol shot around 9/10/14, 2nd -3rd-4th-and the fifth shot 01/04/15. By injection 30 days apart. I can honestly tell you that I have not had any cravings for alcohol since the very 1st day of shot. I can personally tell you that I have not had any side effects. Some people may have but I have not. I now speak at my rehab center (Clarity) where I was at. I'm a firm believer in Vivitrol. Saved my life. I will take it for a year."

   
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jackrice1947 (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 8, 2015

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Vivitrol (naltrexone) for Opiate Dependence: "Vivitrol is amazing. My daughter just received her 9th shot and my son his 3 shot. Before this shot my kids only worry was their next high. Today they are enjoying life as college students! We tried other options like Suboxone & Zubsolve as well as several rehabs. It always ended after 60 or 90 days with relapse. This shot has allowed my 2 youngest (19 & 21) a chance at a real life. They tell me they have no cravings & the best part is that its not a daily choice to take a medicine. They only have to make the decision 1x a month. Of course they are using the Vivitrol along with A LOT of counseling. The hardest part for the addict is to stay clean the 7 days prior."

   
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happy mama (taken for 6 months to 1 year) January 6, 2015

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