Naltrexone is a medication approved to help people with opioid or alcohol use disorder refrain from misusing these substances. Using naltrexone for opioid use disorder (OUD) blocks the effects of other opioids, so they do not induce pleasurable feelings. For the most effective OUD treatment, access naltrexone through in-person or online medication-assisted treatment programs.
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What Is Naltrexone?
Naltrexone is an FDA-approved medication used for the treatment of opioid and alcohol use disorder. It is an opioid antagonist that blocks the euphoric effects of opioids and alcohol to help people overcome dependence on these substances. Since naltrexone is not classified as a controlled substance by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), it can be prescribed by any provider. However, for optimal results, naltrexone treatment should be combined with counseling as part of a comprehensive treatment program for opioid use disorder. This care approach is also known as medication-assisted treatment or MAT.
Composition of Naltrexone
The Naltrexone composition is quite simple. Oral naltrexone consists of tablets made from naltrexone hydrochloride. Injectable naltrexone (XR-NTX) comes in two parts: a vial of dry powdered naltrexone and a vial of a liquid diluting agent, somewhat like water. Your provider mixes the powder and liquid just before administering your prescribed injection.
How Does Naltrexone Work?
Naltrexone does not produce mild euphoria. Instead, its primary purpose is to prevent other opioids from providing feelings of euphoria that reinforce misuse. As an opioid antagonist, naltrexone binds to opioid receptors in the brain to block other opioids from attaching to these receptors. This helps weaken the positive association with opioids, so you feel less motivated to misuse them.
Although naltrexone is effective at blocking other opioids from binding to brain receptors, high doses of opioid drugs can possibly override the opioid-blocking effects of naltrexone.