Over 16 million people worldwide are struggling with opioid use disorders. The U.S Food and Drug Administration has approved naltrexone for treating opioid use disorder and alcohol dependence as a part of Medication Assisted therapy (MAT). Naltrexone is a long-acting opioid antagonist (i.e., inhibits the action of opioids) and is neither opioid nor addictive.
Is naltrexone a controlled substance?
By the Controlled Substances Act, Controlled substances refers to the substances that have a high potential for misuse. On the other hand, naltrexone doesn’t have the potential for abuse or addiction; hence, it is not classified as a controlled substance.
Nonetheless, naltrexone has some side effects and can interact with other medical conditions or drugs. That is why you will require a licensed physician’s prescription to get naltrexone. You can also get naltrexone while taking online Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) from an online platform such as Confidant Health.
What is naltrexone?
Naltrexone is an opioid antagonist that blocks or inhibits the actions of opioids in the body. By doing so, naltrexone decreases the cravings for opioids. Moreover, it also binds to specific alcohol-related receptors (known as endorphins), reducing the effects and feelings of alcohol.
Naltrexone can be taken either orally or in intramuscular form. The oral dose is usually given once daily, while intramuscular injections are administered monthly. Although it is not a controlled substance, you need a physician’s prescription before taking naltrexone.