If you’re wondering “What is naltrexone?” you are not alone. Naltrexone is an FDA-approved medication to stop drinking. After signing up for Monument, you’ll connect with a licensed physician with expertise in prescribing naltrexone and treating alcohol use disorder. If they deem naltrexone safe and appropriate, your physician will work with you to recommend a dosage and when and how to take your naltrexone tablet. (ex. At a certain time, with food, etc.)
Naltrexone is generally well tolerated. However, like any medication, there are potential side effects of taking naltrexone. The most common adverse reactions to naltrexone are headache and nausea.
If you are experiencing side effects, we encourage you to connect with your physician about side effect management, and if possible, look to manage side effects for several weeks. Many people experience very significant benefits from naltrexone, and we hope you have the opportunity to experience the positive effects. Like anything in medicine, we recommend you work with your physician to weigh the side effects and benefits of this treatment modality.
People respond differently to medication, and your physician will ensure your treatment plan is responsive to your specific needs and goals.
Important Safety Information
Naltrexone has the capacity to cause hepatocellular injury (liver injury) when given in excessive doses. Naltrexone is contraindicated in acute hepatitis or liver failure, and its use in patients with active liver disease must be carefully considered in light of its hepatotoxic effects. In the treatment of alcohol dependence, common adverse reactions include difficulty sleeping, anxiety, nervousness, abdominal pain/cramps, nausea and/or vomiting, low energy, joint and muscle pain, headache, dizziness, and somnolence. This is not a complete list of potential adverse events associated with naltrexone hydrochloride. Please see Full Prescribing Information for a complete list.