Naltrexone may cause liver damage when taken in large doses. It is not likely that naltrexone will cause liver damage when taken in recommended doses. Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had hepatitis or liver disease. If you experience any of the following symptoms, stop taking naltrexone and call your doctor immediately: excessive tiredness,unusual bleeding or bruising, loss of appetite, pain in the upper right part of your stomach that lasts more than a few days, light-colored bowel movements,dark urine, or yellowing of the skin or eyes. Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor may order certain laboratory tests to check your body's response to naltrexone. Talk to your doctor about the risks of taking naltrexone. Antabuse is a drug that produces unpleasant effects when the person drinks alcohol while taking the drug. It is less effective than naltrexone and may cause hypotension (low blood pressure) in older persons, especially people who have underlying heart disease. (1)In the United States, naltrexone is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use with people who have been diagnosed as alcohol dependent, are medically stable, and are not currently (or recently) using opioids (e.g., controlled pain medication) (5) Its role in the treatment of older people who drinking problems has not been well established. However, according to the Merck's Manual of Geriatrics: "It can reduce relapse rates by 50% when combined with psychosocial intervention. The usual dose of 50 mg/day is well tolerated by most elderly patients." [ but see notes on actual research with older adults below]. Naltrexone blocks the pleasurable and painkilling effects of opioid drugs. For people who want to quit drinking, taking naltrexone daily will reduce the urge to drink.
OBJECTIVE Although disulfiram and naltrexone have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of alcoholism, no medications have. Naltrexone, Revia, Depade. It is very effective if you are motivated to stop drinking and are willing to take Antabuse drug under supervision, as well as.