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blazerblazer Posts: 784
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:47 AM in Pain Medications
Watching the world news and they were talking about this medicine, that you can take in pill form and now they give it in shots that are good for 6 months.

It say's it's for alchol abuse and also opioid abuse.
Might help someone who is concerned about withdrawal symptons.
But 1st you have to wanna quit.

I am not a salesman! =;
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  • Blazer thats a good one to know about. When the doctors want to decrease meds or change meds it would be nice to have some help. Thanks
  • The thing about Naltrexone, though, is that then if you change your mind you're up a creek. So REALLY want to quit before you get the shot. REALLY. Because it will block the opiate receptors and you won't be able to get any benefit of opiates after that for as long as the medication is in your system.

    I think it's better for the addict than the PM patient.

    And I don't know that it really eliminates withdrawal symptoms.

    I read a really interesting article that explained the mechanism of full agonists, partial agonists, and antagonists the other day. It described antagonists such as naltrexone as "keys that fit in the lock but don't open the door" So basically they block other opiates from entering the receptor, but they don't activate the receptor themselves.

    They prevent relapses because even if someone takes an opiate, they get no effect.
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