Helps former drug users stay off of drugs. Also helps patients with alcohol problems by keeping the body from wanting alcohol. This medicine does not take the place of active involvement in a recovery program.
Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to take and how often. Ask if you don't understand what the doctor tells you.
Drink plenty of fluids to help avoid constipation.
It is important for you to be with people who can give you support to stay off drugs or alcohol. There are many groups that can help you do this. Talk to your caregiver about this if you are new in recovery.
If a dose is missed:
Take the missed dose as soon as possible, unless it is almost time for your next dose.
Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next usual dose.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
This medicine blocks the "high" feeling you get from narcotic drugs and heroin. You should not use large amounts of heroin or narcotic drugs to overcome what the medicine is supposed to do. You could overdose and go into a coma or die.
Naltrexone may keep some medicines from working. If you need medicine for pain, diarrhea, or a cold ask your doctor or pharmacist what is best for you to take.