Its been 2 days now. This is my first question on this site. I was wondering if it is normal for your doctor not to tell you to quit drinking before you start this med. I am still drinking. I do think it is limiting the effect the the alcohol has on me. I'm not really getting buzzed. I usually drink about 2 drinks just to feel normal and don't usually feel anything until maybe 4 or 5 drinks. Is this drug suppose to make me want to cut down or is it suppose to make the alcohol stop effecting me so that I decide not to drink it? Yesterday I had about my usual amount of drinks. When I was about done drinking and was ready to go to bed I noticed that I was having a hard time catching my breath. I'm wondering if the shortness of breath was because I had quite a few drinks while taking the Naltrexone ? Are you even suppose to drink while taking it? I thought I read on line that you have to completely stop drinking before you start this medication. Any thoughts ?
Naltrexone is used in the treatment of opiate dependence; alcohol dependence; fibromyalgia; smoking cessation; trichotillomania and belongs to the drug classes antidotes, drugs used in alcohol dependence.
Naltrexone oral can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.
Do not use narcotic drugs or alcohol while taking naltrexone oral. Never try to overcome the effects of the medication by taking large doses of narcotic drugs or alcohol. Doing so could result in dangerous effects, including coma and death. Ask your doctor before using any prescription or over-the-counter medicine to treat a cold, cough, diarrhea, or pain while taking naltrexone oral. These medicines may contain narcotics or alcohol.
There is 1 alcohol/food/lifestyle interaction with naltrexone:
naltrexone ↔ Alcohol (Ethanol)
Moderate Drug Interaction
Talk to your doctor before using naltrexone together with ethanol. Naltrexone may cause liver problems, and taking it with other medications that can also affect the liver such as ethanol may increase that risk. You should avoid or limit the use of alcohol while being treated with these medications. Call your doctor immediately if you have fever, chills, joint pain or swelling, unusual bleeding or bruising, skin rash, itching, loss of appetite, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark colored urine, light colored stools, and/or yellowing of the skin or eyes, as these may be signs and symptoms of liver damage. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor.
One use for Naltrexone in alcohol dependency is the so-called Sinclair Method. You can learn more about it by looking it up on Google or Wikipedia. As I understand it, the naltrexone blocks the pleasure people associate with drinking. And if there's less pleasure from drinking, the desire to drink goes down. You drink while following the Sinclair Method because you need to associate drinking with no pleasure.
- Naltrexone Information for Consumers
- Naltrexone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Naltrexone (detailed)
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