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User Reviews for Naltrexone

Also known as: Depade, Revia, Vivitrol

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For Alcohol Dependence: "I never noticed the alcohol "creeping" up on me. I've drank since I was 18 in college, but never at the levels I have been consuming it over the past few years. Social drinking led to legal problems, then home drinking became the norm. Home drinking eventually led to drinking a 15 back of beer for all pragmatic purposes nightly. The first day on Naltrexone, its impossible to believe. I didn't even drink 1 full beer. Just had no real interest in it. No real desire for another one later on. You just done THINK about it. On a side note, you might end up craving some sweets, I reached for the gummy life savers :P"

   
10

T-ROD March 28, 2017

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Vivitrol (naltrexone) for Alcohol Dependence: "I started going to a clinic to get extra help on top of AA. My alcohol use had gotten to a very, very dangerous level. I would flirt with sobriety through AA, getting almost to 30 days, then a bad craving would hit and I couldn't resist. Then I found out about vivitrol. After my first shot it cut my cravings down ten fold. Now 4 shots in I rarely have a craving and when I do it's manageable. This has allowed me to concentrate on my recovery without also battling cravings. I'm 95 days sober today and so grateful."

   
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Mendee86 March 24, 2017

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For Alcohol Dependence: "I'm in my mid 40's, been drinking daily for as at least the last 5 years. Writing that is embarrassing, but each day around 4 my brain would be buzzing and only relief was drinking. My choice was red wine, usually 1 to 2 bottles a day, more on weekends. When I was honest with my Doctor, he had me try to reduce independently for 3 weeks, with no luck he put me on this medicine. It's a life changer, after 5 days and normally 12 bottles, I've only had 2 bottles. When I drink now it's out of hand to mouth habit, but it has no affect and really makes me feel sick. Best of all I feel fantastic in the morning and for once I have hope for a battle I had zero control over. I wrote a letter to my Doctor thanking him. So many wasted years, no more."

   
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Nick K (taken for less than 1 month) March 22, 2017

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For Alcohol Dependence: "Helps tremendously with cravings. Sinclair method did not work for me as I would still be unable to stop after one drink even after having taken Naltrexone for two years daily. This medicine does work for cravings, though it will take you time. Of course I wish I could stop at just one, don't we all?"

   
9.0

Mark82 March 21, 2017

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For Opiate Dependence: "I had three days removed from Suboxone and Percocet and took my first pill last night which is been miserable since I'm hoping when I take the second one later this afternoon that it does not get worse since I will have my newborn for the night alone with me and then I'm due to receive the shot tomorrow since I already took one pill. So taking the second one shouldn't make me feel any worse is what I'm hoping I should have waited longer to have more clean time but this is what I had to do to keep my family intact, I am looking forward to see how the shot works with me I've wasted enough time and money over the years to know I can't do it anymore with a brand-new baby depending on me"

12yearswasted (taken for less than 1 month) March 21, 2017

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For Alcohol Dependence: "Hi, I'm from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After 2 years of heavy drinking and 20 years with periods of mid consumption 20 drinks only weekends interdispersed with periods on drinking everyday I finally discovered this drug. It's incredible. I try to drink 6 or 8 Heinekens, my usually quota, but it's impossible. After the first I order some food, like an hamburger. And stop drinking after the meal. Go to home, clean the house and sleep. Sleep very well. My obsession with casual games stops too. I don't care anymore about the others opinions, social anxiety reduces and life goes on. I see the problems I need to fix after two or three years of heavy drinking. A lot of problems with banks, family, girls and my daughters need my presence and dedication"

   
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ZeCarioca (taken for less than 1 month) March 21, 2017

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For Alcohol Dependence: "I am a serious alcoholic. I blew numbers as high as .49 in detox. I had 4 seizures in 3 days the last time I tried to cut back. I'm a woman and not a big one, I wear a size 4-6 and can easily drink most 280 lb. men under the table. My life is in shambles and 12 step has not done the job. I've had 3 1/2 years twice. Meetings 9&10 a week, fellowship, sponsors and sponsorship have been great and have made me a better person, but haven't kept me sober. At this point total abstinence is something I've tried and tried but haven't been able to do. I had lost all hope when Naltrexone and the Sinclair Method was mentioned. Today I took the Naltrexone before drinking. I was able to stop after 6 drinks and had no further cravings. HOPE at last!"

   
9.0

Just drunken me March 13, 2017

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For Alcohol Dependence: "Mixed bag with this one. Did it initially help treat my obsession with alcohol by reducing cravings? Yes. Is it the only substance on earth that has rendered me impotent at times? Unfortunately, yes. It took some experimentation (I'm on other drugs) to realise naltrexone as the culprit, but I stopped a month ago and, as expected, I feel like my life is on the rise. Pun intended."

   
5.0

Notmybarn March 10, 2017

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Vivitrol (naltrexone) for Alcohol Dependence: "I have been on the vivitrol since November 2016 I have remained sober for 5 months. The urge to drink went away and it felt good knowing that even if I drank on the shot I wouldn't feel the warm fuzzy feeling that I was so addicted to. So recently I did drink and I feel so terrible shakes.. Sick to my stomachs. Alcohol withdrawal is terrible and it really sucks. Now I know why I love feeling sober. Vivitrol had not only kept me sober it truly saved my life because I know that I have control of my life. I would recommend this to Anyone who has a problem with alcohol. It truly takes the cravings away. And helps you find yourself."

   
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Annngggell (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 2, 2017

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For Alcohol Dependence: "My experience is taking naltrexone with bupropion to treat obesity. Been on the medications for 14 days, and not seeing any results."

   
1.0

debdavid March 1, 2017

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For Alcohol Dependence: "I have been on naltrexlone now for 16 weeks and not had a drink not even wanted one crazy to say I drank from morning till night only thing I feel really weak n tired n sleep rubbish but it has stopped me drinking so 100% worth it xxx"

   
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Sezpog February 21, 2017

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Vivitrol (naltrexone) for Opiate Dependence: "I recently went through a medical detox from heroin and after 6 days when my vitals showed I was opiate free I was administered the Vivitrol shot which is pretty deep and painful in itself. I experienced terrible symptoms like upset stomach, diarrhea, severe restlessness, muscle cramps and twitches, nausea, chills, fever, enlarged pupils, lazy eye, extreme irritableness, high anxiety, rapid heart rate, shakiness, and sleeplessness plus the sight where the shot was administered ached like an epidural. I ended up in the emergency room with an adverse reaction. I feel like death and can barely focus on my actual detox and life. Next month when this shot is hopefully out of my system I will not get it again! At least I'm off heroin!"

   
2.0

JTEreRiggs February 16, 2017

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For Alcohol Dependence: "Took the first pill yesterday and didn't have a beer until 4hrs later. Had one, then two, then three... then four. Uh oh, was one of the few that it wouldn't work for? Still, I was pushing a twelve-pack a day so four seemed like a pretty big accomplishment. But today is another story. I had my first beer at 5PM exactly 1 hour after taking the pill. I just dumped the second half of that beer in the sink. No obsessions. Not about drinking or eating or my ex-boyfriend (whom I recently had a difficult break with). It really is like a switch was turned off (or on, depending on how you look at it). One side affect is sense of taste is a bit off... but I don't feel like eating, so no biggie. Idk.. was it this easy all along?! Get to your doc asap."

   
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chuck_a February 16, 2017

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For Alcohol Dependence: "My husband used to drink daily, approx 9-15 standard full strength beers and binge drink anywhere from 1-4 times in a fortnight adding in rum,whiskey. He couldn't go one day without a drink. Has been on the pill form of naltrexone for 15 days now, has drank on 3 seperate occasions in this time (1 beer then stopped drinking) he has gone this far without counselling, no 12 steps etc as his counselling appointment is not for another week. I think this med is a Godsend for alcoholism, if someone wants to stop drinking then give it a go. He said it has helped him realise how much he would be thinking of alcohol and now his mind is clearer each day without the constant burden of alcoholism weighing him down. He is more easy going to be around now"

   
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Art.T (taken for less than 1 month) February 7, 2017

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For Alcohol Dependence: "I guess I'm one of the lucky 4 out of 5 people that respond to the Sinclair Method (TSM) of Alcohol use disorder (AUD treatment) Completely cured of any and all cravings for alcohol within 6 months."

   
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smc62 (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 7, 2017

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For Alcohol Dependence: "If you want your life back start now"

   
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Better me February 5, 2017

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For Opiate Dependence: "Horrible reaction to a drug, gave me chills, restless legs, anxiety, pain. Like opioid withdrawal, but I was using it after 7 day of abstinence."

   
1.0

be2 February 1, 2017

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Vivitrol (naltrexone) for Opiate Dependence: "Was the sickest I have ever even been in my nightmares!! Not fun - don't get with a habit and I feel like it does nothing for cravings its just like oh I can't cuz it won't do anything., but that doesn't mean anything if ur urge to use is still there. I had a heavy heroin addict before I got shot worst withdrawals of my life!!! Worse then methadone suboxone heroin mixed into 1 times 10 tough stuff. Each is own. If u are serious about getting off the shit this is one way.. Good luck"

   
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cakattack (taken for less than 1 month) January 29, 2017

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For Alcohol Dependence: "a MIRACLE cure it is ... 20 Yrs of alcohol dependency. In the last 10 Yrs a bottle of wine EVERY night 7 days a week, sometimes closer to 2 bottles. Day 1 of Naltrexone (25mg), mild side effects, tried my wine, had 1/2 glass, tasted great as always, just no desire to drink it. Day 2 25mg - less side effects, 1/2 glass of wine with no interest in more. EARLY days, but it's as if a switch has been turned to the OFF position in my head. It's nothing to do with will power, I'm not TRYING not to drink, but my brain appears to be just not telling me TO drink !!! For those that understand the science behind this medication, this will make sense."

   
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Kentish (taken for less than 1 month) January 27, 2017

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Vivitrol (naltrexone) for Opiate Dependence: "I'm getting my 18th shot this month that means I have successfully completed the vivitrol program at a local adult facility. This shot did something not sure what but I don't have urges or wants to use drugs I was an I user and ruined my life almost but now I'm successful and nobody would ever guess how bad I use to be. And I don't ever have to be a junkie again. Thank god.... no side affects so I hope I can keep it up after this month and I hope my brain is okay with me stopping the shot."

   
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Ive been set free!! January 18, 2017

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For Alcohol Dependence: "I'm so frustrated to see EVERYONE having a positive experience with this medication, except for ME!!! Although I am happy for those it has helped, it does nothing for me but make me queasy and ruin the taste of my wine. I've been taking it about 2 1/2 months and keep hoping that one day I will look at my bottle of wine and have no desire to pop the cork. Has anyone out there had to wait this long to reap the benefits of this drug? I'm about ready to give up unless someone tells me that it took them a while to feel the effects as well...... Still hoping"

   
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Still waiting January 9, 2017

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Vivitrol (naltrexone) for Alcohol Dependence: "I am a member of a support group for a person in their mid-20's recovering from alchohol addiction. The person has been taking monthly Vivitrol injections for about 6 months. The injections have helped the cravings, but not 100%. When the person did consume alcohol (vodka) it produced severe flu like symptoms that were similar to alchohol withdrawal. Has anyone else suffered these types of symptoms drinking alchohol while on vivitrol injections?"

SupportingGroupMember Question January 8, 2017

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Vivitrol (naltrexone) for Opiate Dependence: "I was addicted to opiates for 4years before this shot. I finally feel like I'm not living a double life any more! I was homeless within 6 months of first becoming dependant on heroin (IV from the start) and I've wanted to stop ever since. Will power alone is not enough! I've tried every way on my own, but now, with Vivitrol , I can be confident in my recovery. It's closing in on the end of my first month on it, it has caused some stomach cramps, loss of appetite, lack of sleep, anhedonia, and slight depression. The best comparison would be the feeling when you first start to feel withdrawal setting in. My craving levels were eliminated after administration, however toward the end of the month I'm feeling them more."

   
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Jacqattack (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 3, 2017

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For Alcohol Dependence: "As of last Monday, I was still drinking 2 bottles of wine every night. Come Tuesday, and two bottles of wine have sat chilling in the fridge and I have zero interest in consuming them. I had been taking naltrexone as instructed 1 hour (or more sometimes just to be safe) before drinking for about a month and a half. I noticed an immediate difference in how alcohol affected me the very first day I took naltrexone, but the difference was hard to pinpoint. As time wore on though, it felt more and more like I was forcing myself to drink to battle depression, but was very aware it wasn't doing anything to help. I just don't want it anymore. Now I don't see myself drinking in the future. This drug is a miracle and I couldn't be happier."

   
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naltrexone is incedible. (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 31, 2016

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Vivitrol (naltrexone) for Opiate Dependence: "Week three after Vivitrol. Still having severe insomnia, goose bumps, depression,lack of energy and weakness. It did curb my desire for cigarettes but because I feel so horrible for so long I am craving a fix. I'm only on the fence with this injection."

   
4.0

Sovie201336 (taken for less than 1 month) December 31, 2016

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