I had one put in 8 days ago and have been off pain pills for 14 days straight after 8 years of very high dependency. I've never felt better. My doctor says the implant lasts for 2 months and if I feel I need another after that, he could put another in. The issue is that they are very expensive. Has anyone else had to use additional implants once the first one reached it's usefulness?
Congratulations on your recent recovery from opiate addiction. I have never used naltrexone as it wasn't available when I had to come off the stuff. Anyway, from what I gather it is recommended that you stay on the naltrexone for as much as a year. Or at least until you are comfortable in your not using again.
Are you getting addiction's therapy along with the medication? It is extremely important that you address the addiction issues and learn tools to cope with the temptation to use again. Eventually you will have to stop the naltrexone and need to be prepared for any temptation that arises particularly when under stress.
I encourage you to get as many implants as you need and can afford until you are certain you have dealt with the addiction effectively. It would be a shame to spend all that money and time and then relapse.
Wishing you the very best,
- Naltrexone Information for Consumers
- Naltrexone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Naltrexone (detailed)
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