WHAT NALTREXONE FORMS ARE AVAILABLE IN EUROPE?
Naltrexone is produced in several pharmacological forms:
- Naltrexone pills
- Naltrexone implants
- Naltrexone injections
Firstly, there is an oral Naltrexone in the form of pills or tablets.
Naltrexone tablets have been named differently depending on the country: for example in some countries it’s Revia, or Naltrexone hydrochloride (in the UK can be prescribed by a GP, but in Ireland or Canada not available at all), in other countries Antaxon, Nalorex, Trixan, etc.
- Naltrexone Hydrochloride
A standard dosage of Naltrexone pill is 50mg, which is more than enough to cover the opioid receptors in the period of 24h.
Besides, there is Naltrexone depot, so called Naltrexone implants or pellets, which are placed under the skin in the course of small surgical intervention by pushing the Naltrexone pellets out from a special syringe. The safest area on the body would be abdominal. Sometimes Naltrexone implant is placed in the navel, arm, buttocks, but abdominal area would be the best options.
The inventor of one type of Naltrexone implants is an Australian doctor George O Niel. Dr. George O Niel continues to refine his conception of Naltrexone blockers based on depot polymers. These implants are gradually dissolving in the body releasing the necessary dosages of Naltrexone. These implants are available in Australia under special conditions.
Americans apply salts of fatty acids of Naltrexone. In most of the cases, Naltrexone binds to magnesium stearate. Dr. Lance Gooberman has developed this type of implants, which is mostly used in Europe. Dr. Lance Gooberman is a pioneer in Naltrexone implants development.
Liquid forms of Naltrexone came out recently – Naltrexone injections. Naltrexone shots are Naltrexone palmitate or Naltrexone in cotton oil. Intramuscular injection of Naltrexone medication providse blockade of opiate receptors for 1 month. Naltrexone shots are usually packed in five doses per vial.
Scientist are trying to develop longer forms of Naltrexone depot, for example, Naltrexone implants for 24 months, which means that medication placed once will be able to provide reliable relapse protection for 2 years. However, they are not available yet.
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