Naltrexone is sometimes prescribed to patients who are struggling with alcohol or drug abuse. This medication can help reduce cravings for alcohol or drugs. It is usually prescribed in conjunction with individual and group therapy; it should be used as part of a comprehensive treatment program rather than by itself.
This medication should not be prescribed to people who have recently stopped taking legal or illegal narcotic drugs. It can make the withdrawal from narcotic drugs worse.
When taken in large doses, Naltrexone can cause liver damage. Do not drink alcohol while on this drug because of the risk to your liver. Patients who take too much Naltrexone or take it for a long period of time are at greater risk of liver damage. Call your doctor immediately if you have these symptoms:
- Severe stomach pains
- Nausea and vomiting
- Brown urine
- Tarry, black stools
- Yellowing of the eyes or skin
- Loss of appetite