Naltrexone is an FDA-approved opioid antagonist that may be used as part of medication-assisted treatment for alcohol use disorder (AUD). This medication can help reduce cravings for alcohol so that you can stay focused on your goals for an alcohol-free life. The naltrexone dosage prescribed for AUD is different for each person, so it is important to consult with your provider for proper dosing. Although naltrexone is not a controlled substance, you should only access naltrexone care under the guidance of a qualified provider.
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What Is Naltrexone?
Naltrexone is an opioid antagonist medication used to treat alcohol use disorder (AUD) and opioid use disorder (OUD). As an opioid antagonist, naltrexone binds to opioid receptors in the brain without creating a high. This prevents other opioids from interacting with these receptors, so they cannot produce euphoria. Without the euphoric high, the motivation to use opioids or alcohol is minimized, and cravings are reduced.
How Does Naltrexone Work for Alcohol Use Disorder?
Naltrexone works for alcohol use disorder by attaching to brain receptors and blocking alcohol from interacting with them. When you consume alcohol, it interacts with opioid receptors in the brain and affects gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), glutamate, and dopamine levels. This interaction is what produces feelings of euphoria and relaxation, which increases the motivation to drink alcohol. If you consume alcohol while on naltrexone, you will not experience a positive mood or sedation. The intention behind naltrexone is to decrease the motivation to drink by preventing the positive feelings associated with alcohol use. This helps to alleviate cravings so that you find it easier to abstain from drinking.