Hi. I have had a prescription of Naltrexone for almost a month now. I haven't started taking it because my Dr. Said I have to stay sober for 3 days prior to taking it. I am swine drinker and drink about two bottles every night. Has anyone started taking this the day after drinking? I'm desperate to start but the bottle always takes over. My marriage is in jeopardy. Please help thank you.
My advice would be to start taking the medication right away upon wakening first thing in the morning, even if you are coming off a bender and hung-over. My husband's was prescribed this medication and he has a past history of SEVERE alcoholism. He was drinking the day I picked up from the pharmacy and I came right home and gave him his first pill. Nothing happened except that, half-way through his 9th beer he put the can down and went to bed.
The next morning instead of reaching for another beer or whiskey to come down off his hang-over, he made a pot of coffee instead. Later that day he drank 2 beers as opposed to his regular half-pint and a 12-pack. Day 3 he had 2 cans of beer and a Margarita (I made the margarita and added *very* little alcohol). His drinking as significantly decreased since starting the medication.
He was clean and sober after coming out of rehab for about a week and taking Antabuse prior to starting the naltrexone. But ironically his drinking was steadily increasing again his second week of being home and EVEN with the Antabuse he was starting to drink like a fish again.
I didn't tell his doctor that he had been drinking again, I simply told her that the Antabuse wasn't working and he was complaining of severe cravings to drink again. I had done the research on-line about naltrexone and how people still drank while taking it and noticed a significant decrease in their desire to continue drinking and that they consumed less alcohol and many eventually quit altogether. It sounded like the perfect medication for him and so far its working wonders. My husband has been a severe alcoholic for over 30 years and the type to wake-up drinking. He not only drank to excess, but drank all day from the time he woke-up till the time he passed out. Naltrexone has been a lifesaver for him.
I hope you come back to see this comment. Please don't wait any longer, get started with the medication as soon as possible. Also, google "the Sinclair Method with naltrexone" and read up on it. There appears to be a lot of people who have started this medication while still drinking and been successful on it. I am not recommending it, but I am saying DONT LET A DRINK STAND IN THE WAY OF YOU ACHIEVING SOBRIETY.
I typically dont post here, but when I saw your question I created an account just to answer. My husband is down to a can or 2 of beers about 3 times a week if that. Often times he does'nt even finish the second can, it ends up just sitting there until he pours it out. Good Luck, you can do this!!
- Naltrexone Information for Consumers
- Naltrexone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Naltrexone (detailed)
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