Naltrexone implant for alcoholism
What do we know about Naltrexone implant's effect on alcohol dependency (Naltrexone implant for alcoholism)?
Naltrexone implant for alcoholism blocks opioid receptors in the human brain eliminating addictive alcohol effects: usual euphoria, excitation and need to drink more and more. We are left with only unpleasant intoxication, dizziness, discomfort. There is no reason to drink as we can't feel "the buzz" or enjoy alcohol like we used to. Therefore, Naltrexone implant for alcoholism can help to overcome alcohol dependency in a safe, quick, and easy way.
Some of our patients tried to use Naltrexone tablets, but they prefer implants, like more reliable pharmacological formula. You can skip, "forget" or become "tired of taking pills", but that can't happen with your implant. Naltrexone implant for alcoholism also frees you from doubts, infighting and anxiety related to cravings for drinking.
Naltrexone + alcohol does not cause any risk for your health.
There are some old methods of alcoholism treatment like creating an aversion to alcohol using Disulfiram (Antabuse) or specific plants.
Interacting with ethanol, they produce toxic cyanide. If drinking over Disulfiram, numerous symptoms can be provoked: flushing, throbbing in the head and neck, a throbbing headache, respiratory difficulties, nausea, vomiting, sweating, thirst, chest pain, palpitation, dyspnea, hyperventilation, rapid heart rate, low blood pressure, dizziness, marked uneasiness, weakness, vertigo, blurred vision, and confusion. In cases of severe reactions, there may be respiratory depression, cardiovascular collapse, abnormal heart rhythms, heart attack, acute congestive heart failure, unconsciousness, convulsions, and even death.
This is why we do not recommend Disulfiram, but safe Naltrexone treatment.
Indications for Naltrexone implant for alcoholism
Indications for Naltrexone implant maintenance of sobriety
- - Alcohol abuse
- - Cocaine + alcohol abuse
- - Alcoholism
- - Chronic conditions worsening from alcohol consumption
- - Professional and occupational restrictions on alcohol consumption.
- - Opiates/opioids consumption
- - Acute hepatitis or severe liver dysfunction
- - Allergic reaction to Naltrexone
How does Naltrexone implant look like?
Naltrexone pellets in the six months implant we use are beige colored cylinders of specially prepared and pressed sterile powder. The dimensions are about 6 mm diameter and 45 mm total length containing 2500 mg of Naltrexone. They are placed in an obliquely cut syringe, packed hermetically in a medical plastic patch. They are additionally sterilized with gamma-rays (marked with a red circle on the patch).
How is Naltrexone implant for alcoholism fitted?
- The patient can eat and drink following his/her usual lifestyle ( but at least 3 days before the implant fitting, alcohol and poppy containing food must be avoid).
- After the preliminary consultation we take a urine sample for opiate test to make sure the patient is opiate free.
The 7-8 minutes Naltrexone implant procedure takes place in the surgical facility following aseptic and antiseptic regulations. Operation area in the lower abdomen area is prepared by shaving (if necessary), then antiseptic solutions, and injections of the local anesthetic are administrated. Then a 1-inch skin cut and a subcutaneous channel will be formed. The syringe with the Naltrexone pellets goes into the channel to leave the implant inside. Finally, three nylon stitches ( to be removed by your GP in a week ) and a sterile wound dress is covering the cut area. That's it.
We provide our patients with medicines to prevent wound infection and inflammation on their way back home.
Our experience showed that about 90% of motivated implanted patients were happy with their Naltrexone treatment. They report not having cravings for alcohol, and building up a new way of life. Naltrexone is especially recommended as a "salutary solution" for alcohol relapse.
Remember: Naltrexone implant is a foreign body under your skin. Therefore, you need to be cautious with it to prevent unwanted consequences like "reaction to a foreign body" and implant rejection.
Usually, your body can cover the implant with a thin fibrous membrane during the first month. This tissue capsule is transparent for Naltrexone molecules. Still, it can protect the pellets inside from mechanical and chemical impacts. Afterward, you can move without restrictions: running, jumping, swimming, dancing, lifting weights, training sports (without direct hits or pressure on the implant site).
Physical activities involving abdominal muscles around the implant should be avoided, too. Alcohol consumption during the first month after the procedure is strictly forbidden. After all, the protective membrane isn't formed yet, and the tissue around the pellets is rather sensitive with high reactivity to local irritation.
Non-compliance to those conditions can cause the foreign body reaction (local allergic reaction): redness, swelling, wound opening, and puss. Fortunately, that can be successfully treated if started on time. Without immediate special treatment, the infection and the implant rejection may threaten.
Once timely treated, and saved inside, the implant can administer the lower Naltrexone concentration. This happens due to a tight edema barrier or due to an excessively thick fibrous capsule formed after the local inflammation. In such cases, the implant may not provide a complete and long-term effect.
Those are the reasons why it's necessary to follow all our recommendations and avoid possible foreign body issues.
The other reasons for failure known from our experience are:
- - some continues to drink as punishment to their loved ones
- - a number of patients tried to get drunk over and over again, despite the lack of desire and alcohol pleasure
- - the pellets are broken into pieces inside the damaged capsule by the direct blow during boxing two months after the implant had been fitted
- - some fought against the implant, even tried to remove it.