Info on the Opiate Blocker Pill

About the Opiate Blocker Pill

It is difficult to emerge from the deep hole of addiction. Addiction to opiates is especially heinous. Withdrawal symptoms are intense and detoxing on your own can be hard to do. Most people may return to drug use to ease the pain from the symptoms. Medically assisted detox is available and you may be a candidate for the opiate blocker pill. Call Drug Treatment Centers Sarasota at 941-866-2996 to review your treatment options and to locate a detox facility.

Opiate Blocker Pill

Medically assisted detox is when professionals administer medications in order to help ease the withdrawal symptoms. This type of treatment is often the best choice for those suffering from opiate addiction. Medication allows the individual to regain a "normal" state of mind and not be encumbered by the highs and lows the drug produces.

The medication is not designed to create a new addiction. Anti craving medication for opiates are designed to manage the addiction so the person can maintain the benefits of recovery. There are three medications that are commonly used to treat opioid addiction.

The opiate blocker pill, Naltrexone, is one of the medications used to treat this type of addiction (The other two are buprenorphine and methadone). This opiate blocker pill is marketed as ReVia and Depade.

Naltrexone is now available in an extended-release form that is injected into the buttocks. This opiate blocker shot is known as Vivitrol. Your physician or a treatment center can administer the drug. If you are past withdrawal and you are extremely motivated and committed to your sobriety, the opiate blocker shot or the opiate blocker pill are a good choice. Sometimes, those in the early stages of addiction are also good candidates for this medication.

Side Effects

Some people may experience side effects when taking Naltrexone. Sickness and discomfort are common ones. After taking the medication for a while the mild symptoms will usually subside. Common side effects (and how to reduce them) include:

  • Diarrhea – be sure to drink plenty of fluids. You can also ask your physician to recommend an over-the-counter medication to help with the diarrhea.
  • Joint or muscle pain – over-the-counter medications can help with these symptoms.
  • Vomiting or upset stomach – you can try an antacid product. Be sure to take your medication with food or after a meal.
  • Headache – over-the-counter medications can help relieve this symptom.
  • Nervousness – take deep breaths, go for a walk, take a bath. Do any activity that will help reduce your anxiety. If the problem persists, however, share it with your doctor.
  • Sleep issues or tiredness – take the medication in the morning and avoid taking naps. Be sure to go to bed at the same time every night and try to exercise. Do not drink caffeine after lunchtime.
  • Serious side effects – If you experience extreme vomiting, stomach pain, or diarrhea contact your doctor. If you received an injection and the area around the spot is red or painful, call the doctor. The following effects are also indicative of serious problems in your liver and you should call the doctor; jaundice, yellowing of the whites of your eyes, tea-colored or dark urine, light colored bowel movements, bad stomach ache.

Counseling

Medication is only one aspect of treatment for addiction. Another important aspect is counseling. One-on-on or group therapy – or both! Through counseling, you will learn about the root cause of your addiction. You will also learn ways to cope with it. Group counseling can help you connect with others in a similar situation as yourself.

If you or a loved one are suffering from opiate addiction and would like anti craving medication for opiates, call Drug Treatment Centers Sarasota at 941-866-2996 to review your treatment options. Getting help for your addiction should be the most important thing in your life. You only get one chance to live it.

 

 

Sources:

https://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content/SMA09-4444/SMA09-4444.pdf

 

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