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User Reviews for Naltrexone

Also known as: Vivitrol

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Condition Avg. Ratings Reviews Compare
Alcohol Dependence
8.6
   
200 reviews 7 medications
Opiate Dependence
7.8
   
123 reviews 10 medications
Fibromyalgia
7.4
   
32 reviews 20 medications
Trichotillomania
7.0
   
3 reviews 3 medications
Summary of Naltrexone reviews 8.2 358 reviews

Reviews for Naltrexone

Hobbit · Taken for 1 to 6 months July 19, 2019

Vivitrol (naltrexone) for Opiate Dependence: "I couldn't stop using dope for the life of me. Literally. I used within 24 hours of getting the vivitrol shot. My doctor knew but he also knew if he didn't get it into me I would keep using and die. I had two days of intense withdrawal. Worse than I'd ever had. Then about five more days of laziness and being agitated. But once your mind finally gives up and comes to terms that you can't get high you calm down. The hustle stops. This was my only option to stop. Feeling like death for two days was worth the lifelong nightmare I was pursuing"

9.0
   
Jim · Taken for less than 1 month July 7, 2019

For Alcohol Dependence: "I took one 50 mg tablet a short time later I became tense and irritable. The next day very tired ,irritable, dizzy, nauseous, unable to cope with even the slightest noises, or interactions with people. Everything upset me I did stop drinking because the feeling reminded me of a terrible hangover hope it goes away soon its been 2days."

tedromig · Taken for 6 months to 1 year July 6, 2019

Vivitrol (naltrexone) for Alcohol Dependence: "Imagine your favorite food. Let's say it's pizza. Now you're at your favorite restaurant that serves pizza just the way you like it. But something is different and you're just not in the mood for pizza so you order something else. That's exactly what Vivitrol is like. You can think about drinking but you're just really not in the mood for it. Also if you're an alcoholic you've probably been prescribed an SSRI by now and with those it takes weeks to start working but Vivitrol is pretty immediate as in it only takes maybe an hour two to become really effective. If you're reading this you've probably tried all the unless things out there and it just can't reach that itch. Vivitrol is about as close to a magic shot as you're going to get for alcohol problems"

10
   
C.L. · Taken for 1 to 2 years June 28, 2019

Vivitrol (naltrexone) for Alcohol Dependence: "This Vivitrol shot has literally saved my life, if only it had been available 10 years sooner, I have almost 2 years sober now with no cravings what so ever, it's like it just shut the alcohol switch off in my brain, only side effects is I have on a couple of occasions I've noticed some slight dizziness."

10
   
Sunflower12 · Taken for less than 1 month June 26, 2019

For Alcohol Dependence: "I started Naltrexone 25 mg (for my dependence on alcohol) yesterday around 11 am. I was hit pretty hard with nausea, feeling spaced out, a headache and tiredness. Part of this was probably a hangover from 2 plus bottles of wine the night before. Also, I took it on an empty stomach. I just rested and felt better around 2:30 pm. My doctor told me to taper off drinking and not to just stop. So I got a glass of wine around 4:30 pm and when I took the first drink I didn’t get the pleasure rush. I got a second glass and couldn’t finish it. This is really unusual because normally I finish the bottle and a lot more. I also slept really well all through the night. Today I’m going to eat before I take it and hope the side effects lessen. I would like to take it at night but I really need it to be effective to help with the drinking. Does it still work if you take it at night?"

9.0
   
Vince · Taken for less than 1 month June 26, 2019

For Alcohol Dependence: "First night on the naltrexone medication for alcohol problems. Crazy, I swear to anyone looking for a change. I'm actually drinking at a point I should be hammered. Just not getting there at all. Only slightly feel something of a good feeling of drinking after the first drink then none of the big gains of drinking I always wanted to get. For me I'm bit surprised and thinking why I didn't I do this sooner. This is no rubbish and I swear to anyone thinking of a way out of alcohol addiction give it a try. I was worried but if day two and further can stop me, please at least try. Btw I'm 37 and drink almost a fifth a night for around 15 years."

9.0
   
Just Me · Taken for 1 to 2 years June 16, 2019

For Alcohol Dependence: "Naltrexone was amazing at helping me to stop drinking every night. However, even after stopping for months I never trusted myself completely so I kept taking it sorta like a security blanket. After a while I started getting constant migraines, water retention, trouble sleeping and a mess of other symptoms. I'll spare you the details, but after months of doctor appointments, tests for everything and a LOT of exhaustion and frustration, I finally realized it was the naltrexone. I stopped taking it and all the symptoms went away within 2 days. I don't know if it built up in my system or what. So now I'm just going to have to stay vigilant about drinking without my "security blanket". I'm feeling confident because I haven't had a drop in over 6 months but I'm sure not going to let my guard down."

9.0
   
Cherrypie June 16, 2019

Vivitrol (naltrexone) for Alcohol Dependence: "I have struggled with alcohol for 15 years. Major depression & severe anxiety. Nothing took the craving away. I am surrounded by alcoholics & my husband is an alcoholic. I got a promotion at work and one morning I went to work and thought I was going to die. I couldn't take it anymore & told them I had to go to the hospital. I detoxed at a great facility. They were incredible. They saved my life. I had previously been asked if I wanted the vivitrol shot & I declined. This time I begged for the shot. Best decision I ever made! I got my 4th shot last week. I have no cravings. I have mental clarity. I'm off antidepressants. I have lost 27 pounds. Side effects...my body aches but I'll take it. I have no appetite so when I do eat. I eat healthy. Except for chocolate. I am extremely grateful for Vivitrol. I know it has saved my life. I actually died on my birthday a couple years ago from severe alcohol withdrawal & critically low potassium. Didn't stop me from drinking again. Vivitrol did."

10
   
Pdlgrl · Taken for less than 1 month June 15, 2019

For Fibromyalgia: "I was so looking forward to starting Naltrexone for my fibromyalgia and hoping to eventually get off of my steroid, Aleve, azathioprine & gabapentin. But I began to gradually feel worse with joint and muscle pain on the 1.5mg dose. When after 2 weeks increased to 3mg and widespread pain was off the chart, laid in bed at night moaning & crying in pain. I stopped it the next day and have been feeling better. Thinking about restarting at 1mg and taking in daytime instead of pm. So very disappointed...."

1.0
   
Bob · Taken for 6 months to 1 year June 12, 2019

Vivitrol (naltrexone) for Alcohol Dependence: "Works good for cravings but with the side effects I don't like. I feel terrible for a week after injection. Panic attacks, anxiety, depressed mood and gastric discomfort. I have been in treatment over 12 years, several rehabs and AA. I wish it didn't have the side effects. I am debating about continue use."

Crcl75 · Taken for less than 1 month June 8, 2019

For Fibromyalgia: "I’ve stop tramadol after 10yrs for my fibromyalgia to start naltrexone this past Monday 6/3/19 and OMG "

5.0
   
Qlder · Taken for 2 to 5 years June 6, 2019

For Fibromyalgia: "I was on the verge of leaving my job and applying for a disability pension when I started LDN (low dose naltrexone) for fibromyalgia, it took a while to get the right dosage that works (I'm now on 6mg) but it has saved my life. It stops the pain, most days the tender points aren't tender at all. I also use 5 HTP at night for sleep and in the morning for mood, D ribose for energy, and am currently testing acetyl L carnitine for energy. Feeling extremely grateful for being virtually cured."

9.0
   
Me · Taken for 1 to 6 months May 23, 2019

For Opiate Dependence: "I got naltrexone 25mg daily from my general practitioner as a means to lose weight, however there have been other benefits too. I was a functioning addict of anything I could get my hands on for many years. The only person who really knew this was my husband. I couldn't handle the side effects of nausea and vomiting the first few days so my doctor prescribed me an anti nausea med. Ever since then I have been feeling great. I am losing weight yes but I'm also free and clean which I wouldn't have been able to say without this medication."

7.0
   
Sandy · Taken for 6 months to 1 year May 22, 2019

For Alcohol Dependence: "I started The Sinclair Method (TSM) in the fall of 2018, and immediately had more control over drinking. I was still drinking a lot, especially through the holidays. I started seeing an upward trend in the amount I was drinking week over week, and thought that I was one of the few that TSM doesn't work for. Then I realized that I was drinking out of habit and not craving, so I started having more alcohol free days and found it was effortless. This was at about the 5 month mark. Since then, I've cut my consumption by a third. There are days when I have two glasses and then stop, which was unheard of before naltrexone. Patience is key, especially if you've been drinking heavily for decades. This is the best medicine to take that has helped me stop drinking"

10
   
Lizzy · Taken for 6 months to 1 year May 20, 2019

For Alcohol Dependence: "I started on the Sinclair method using naltraxone of my alcohol issues a year ago. My result is I have now been easily alcohol free for 4 months and it is not a hard process. I actually feel free from thoughts about alcohol. There is no reward from drinking. I had virtually no side effects. This drug Naltrexone saved my life literally."

10
   
Spastic May 13, 2019

Vivitrol (naltrexone) for Opiate Dependence: "I have been off and on Pharmacy pain killers for close to 10 years Eventually moved on to fet and H typically around 1-2 gs a day. Felt hopeless l, had to leave a 75k job because of its location being right in the fet mecca. Took the pill form for two months and wasn't really ready to commit. Finally got the shot and the first week I tried drinking on it with pretty rough side effects..slowly tapered off my drinking vice too just makes me gag thinking about it. Did ramp up the blow usage a little but that's just my mental state wanting to be something other than sober and I'm working on that too. I'm 4 shots in 6 months clean of any opioid and feel great all around. I did notice I orgasm really quickly...like every time is a quick. I've run through a wide variety thinking maybe they where just to hot? Not the case, I think I'm just finally feeling sex? Not sure but I'm quick draw McGraw till further notice. Best of luck to everyone, I'd highly recommend it to everyone."

10
   
Scarlet · Taken for less than 1 month May 10, 2019

For Alcohol Dependence: "I've switched from one addiction to another, to another, for years. My current and long-standing vice is alcohol. It's been about ten years of heavy drinking. I finally calmed down on hard liquor January '18, but it's become a usual routine to drink 10 - 12 beers every night for awhile now. I love to drink, but I am tired of it. I heard about Naltrexone for alcohol problems yesterday at my psychiatrist appointment, and decided to move forward with it. 15 minutes after taking it, my cravings we're dissipating. I'm ecstatic! I had three beers last night, and I was good. I didn't want or need anymore. Same thing today. Naltrxone helps kill that instant pleasure I get from drinking that was eventually sending me into blackout nights. I can finally just stop, and it's so much easier than doing it on my own like I've been trying to for years. So happy to have finally tried something. I'm excited to see where this leads."

10
   
Lauren April 23, 2019

Vivitrol (naltrexone) for Opiate Dependence: "While on the shot I had extreme fatigue and couldn't orgasm. Those aren't horrible, except orgasm part. Its getting off the shot that has gave me constant headaches that nothing touches, extreme anxiety and irritability, I feel crazy my mental health is not right. This is not my first rodeo, I was sober 15 months through AA, before I relapsed and got on shit after a treatment center. This is not normal for me and the only thing that's different in my life is I was on the shot and now I'm not. I recommend it for someone struggling being sober is better than dying from the disease. Though the way I have been feeling could have easily made me go change the bad way I feel if I didn't have the support I do."

5.0
   
Tubby · Taken for less than 1 month April 22, 2019

Vivitrol (naltrexone) for Alcohol Dependence: "The Vivitrol works great for cravings, it also made the next drink and next high lose the euphoria. It was just plain boring. So I didn't continue on a binge."

10
   
Anonymous · Taken for less than 1 month April 19, 2019

For Fibromyalgia: "After 4 weeks of low dose naltrexone (LDN) it has reduced my Fibromyalgia pain from an 8 to about a 2-3. I have fatigue I still struggle with but it has also given me a boost in energy as well. I am able to keep my full time job that I almost had to quit and have been able to do more and more outside of work then I was for years. I’ve had Fibromyalgia for 4 years and tried many medications and this is only one that has helped. I had to go online to finally find a Dr to prescribe it. I currently take 3.0mg and is absolutely worth a try."

10
   
Kate · Taken for less than 1 month April 18, 2019

For Alcohol Dependence: "It works for TSM, you just have to choose to use it."

10
   
rogerrabbit · Taken for less than 1 month April 14, 2019

Vivitrol (naltrexone) for Opiate Dependence: "I am 2 days in after getting my Vivtrol shot at a treatment center for opiate addiction. I don't really know how to define this all that well but I feel so weird right now. Its not PAWS (Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome). At this point I am pretty much an expert on PAWS. I am not yawning every 5 seconds, not getting goosebumps, chills or anything I am used to. It feels like I am dreaming. I felt fine before they injected me and by the end of the first day this "dream" feeling started to kick in. The physical symptoms are minor but noticeable for sure. For me its really how my head feels that made me want to write this. Is any one else getting this? If it goes on for a while I won't get a second shot"

5.0
   
AyGi · Taken for 1 to 6 months April 9, 2019

Vivitrol (naltrexone) for Opiate Dependence: "I’m having an amazing experience with Vivitrol. I was an opiate addict for almost 15 years. Methadone and Suboxone/Subutex didn’t help me at all. My cravings on those drugs were still out of control and I still couldn’t stop using. I got almost 2 years clean in a 12 step program then had a year long relapse. After detox I started vivitrol and rejoined the 12 step community and I’m doing great. I’ve had no cravings and pairing recovery with vivitrol I’ve had no obsession to use. No side effects either. My mood is fine no injection site problem just slightly sore the first day. Also unlike methadone or Suboxone vivitrol is 12 step friendly. Hope this helps someone."

10
   
DudeMan March 25, 2019

For Alcohol Dependence: "Read this if you feel Naltrexone didn’t work for you! Reading through the reviews and was disappointed at the number of comments about the Naltrexone “not taking cravings away”. Naltrexone is an opioid antagonist. All it does is take away the pleasurable feelings you get when you drink or use. For more information, read up on Dr. David Sinclair and “The Sinclair Method” or “The Cure for Alcoholism” by Dr. Eskapa. Good luck!"

10
   
Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 23, 2019

Vivitrol (naltrexone) for Opiate Dependence: "I've read ALL of the reviews and I'm wondering about people saying the injection is giving them side effects when I think it could be that they are getting withdrawals. The side effects that people are explaining are text book opiate withdrawal-which, yes, Vivitrol will put you into if you have used anything long acting within the past 2 weeks. I have been an opiate addict for over 10 years, tapered off of methadone and got this injection. It is amazing! It will change your life, get you out of the 'hustle' and it truly is the miracle drug. I'm kind of bummed I can't have my glass of wine on this, but that's the price I pay and I don't need the calories. Do your own research people before you judge (nature of addicts I suppose). I feel sorry for the few who had a true reaction at the injection site. I didn't even feel mine."

10
   

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