What is Naltrexone?
Naltrexone is a synthetic drug that blocks opiate receptors in the nervous system and is used chiefly in the treatment for alcoholic and opiate addictions. It is does not take the place of active involvement in a recovery program but rather helps patient sobriety by suppressing the cravings. It has found a lot of success over the past 30 years but patients report challenges with maintaining a consistent release of the medicine into the blood stream. SoberLifeUSA eliminates that problem during recovery period.
Is Naltrexone FDA approved?
Yes. In 1984 the Naltrexone pill was FDA approved for the treatment of opiates and later for alcohol addiction.
What is a compounding process?
A pharmaceutical compounding process is a common practice done that personalizes the medication to fit a unique need of a patient. It makes the medicine more effective and easier to take. At SoberLifeUSA, our team partners with pharmacies that adhere to strict compounding laws (both federal and state), to help formulate an appropriate dosage of the Naltrexone implant for each qualified candidate. Naltrexone implants has been used on tens of thousand of patients for several years. It is a safe and successful way to help eliminate those cravings.
What are the common side effects of Naltrexone?
Reported side effects have been minimal with flu like symptoms for a few days while your body becomes accustomed to the medication. Some clients have reported nausea, vomiting, headaches, and diarrhea at the beginning of treatment but is something that readily abates.
Is Naltrexone addictive?
There is no scientific research that suggests Naltrexone is addictive nor does it ever create any kind of physical dependencies. Naltrexone does not create any type of euphoria feeling in the physiology associated with addiction.
What are the potential complications with receiving the Naltrexone implant?
The major side effects are ones that we are prepared to address: a small percentage of patients that have used alcohol / narcotics for several years, may need to take a mild antidepressant for a few months. This result’s from decreasing levels of Serotonin and Endorphine levels, whose symptoms are masked by drug use.
How does Naltrexone react to other medications?
Naltrexone has been available in the USA for almost 30 years, and is an FDA approved medication. Cross-reactions with Naltrexone have been very limited and mostly found with Tri-Cyclic antidepressants. A majority of pain relieving type medications can be taken alongside Naltrexone. Always check with your physician and pharmacist before beginning any new medications.
Is this a cure?
No. It is a relapse preventive that should be done in conjunction with recovery counseling.
Does SoberLifeUSA take insurance for the treatment?
Yes. We accept many major insurance companies with PPO plans that have Out-of-Network benefits including BlueCross/BlueShield, Health Partners, Aetna, Preferred One, ComPsych, and Value Options. In addition, SoberLifeUSA is “insurance friendly,” meaning we work hard with insurance companies on behalf of our clients to find the best payment solutions for them. Our financial administration team has an expert understanding of how to apply benefits to the treatment, and will work closely with insurance companies to streamline the process and ensure that the patient receives the maximum benefit available. We also work to determine if patient aid and no- or low-interest loans are available and can be used in combination with insurance benefits for addiction treatment.