Naltrexone belongs to the opioid or narcotic class of drugs. It is used as a prevention method to drug abuse, that is, to stop patients from using other narcotic drugs they may have got addicted to. This medicine is prescribed along with other treatment procedures such as behavioural counselling, change of lifestyle, diet, constant monitoring of vitals etc). Precisely, this medicine is an opiate antagonist. It affects the brains to stop feeling the effects of opiods which include a feeling of induced happiness, extreme relaxation and other misleading emotions. It helps to reduce the urge to take opiates. It is also effective in treating alcohol addiction when combined with a series of treatment procedures. The medicine can be taken along with a meal or along with antacids to prevent any adverse gastrointestinal effect. The dosage is determined based on how the patient responds to the therapy and after monitoring on a regular basis.
Side effects may include withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms include nausea, vomiting, indigestion, abdominal cramps, weakness of joints, malaise, dizziness, drowsiness but inability to get a good night’s sleep, dark coloured urine, difficulty in breathing, palpitations, fluctuating blood pressure, mood fluctuations, anxiety, agitation, confusion and auditory or visual hallucinations.
Is It safe with alcohol?Nalcon 50mg tablet may cause excessive drowsiness and calmness with alcohol.
Are there any pregnancy warnings?Nalcon 50mg tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. The benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk. Please consult your doctor.
Are there any breast-feeding warnings?Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.
Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?Should not drive or use machines
Does this affect kidney function?Caution to be advised in patients with impaired renal function.
Does this affect liver function?There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
Naltrexone counters the effect of narcotic drugs by competing for the same opioid receptor sites that the narcotic drugs aim for. If no narcotic drugs are present in the system this drug does not affect the body pharmacologically.
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