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Generic: naltrexone
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It blocks the 'high' that these substances can give you
               



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What is this medicine?

NALTREXONE (nal TREX one) helps you to remain free of your dependence on opiate drugs or alcohol. It blocks the 'high' that these substances can give you. This medicine is combined with counseling and support groups.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • if you have used drugs or alcohol within 7 to 10 days
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease, including hepatitis
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to naltrexone, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a full glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Do not take this medicine within 7 to 10 days of taking any opioid drugs. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose and remember on the same day, take the missed dose. If you do not remember until the next day, ask your doctor or health care professional about rescheduling your doses. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • any prescription or street opioid drug like codiene, heroin, methadone

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • disulfiram
  • thioridazine

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional regularly.

Never try to overcome this medicine by taking large amounts of opioid drugs. You may cause an overdose, coma and death.

Tell all of your doctors and health care providers that you are taking this medicine. For emergencies, carry a medication card. Or, wear a medical identification bracelet or chain to say that you take this medicine.

               
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