Naltrexone or Revia is a drug prescribed to individuals with narcotics problems i.e. narcotic addiction to help them stop taking narcotics. Naltrexone can also be used to treat alcoholics. Unlike other popular detoxification drugs, Naltrexone doesn't replace all the euphoric effects associated with taking narcotics, but rather helps in preventing narcotics from working normally and causing their normal affects on the body. Naltrexone is normally in pill/s form.
1. Pain side effects
Taking Naltrexone is usually associated with some side effects classified as normal or common side effects. One of the most common Naltrexone side effects is causing pain. Naltrexone causes various kinds/types of pain. For instance, you can experience mild or moderate abdominal or stomach pain. You may also experience pain such as headaches. Joint pain is also another common type of pain associated with Naltrexone. Most Naltrexone patients also complain of muscle pain which is common. Because pain is categorized as a non serious common side effect of Naltrexone, it doesn't require any medical attention. It is however important to seek medical attention if pain persists for several days. In most cases, it is better to discontinue using Naltrexone.
2. Insomnia and anxiety effects
Although alcohol and narcotics tend to induce sleep effects, Naltrexone has the opposite effect. For instance, Naltrexone causes one to stay alert longer or lack sleep. Along with side effects such as insomnia, Naltrexone may cause effects which affect an individual's mental state. For instance, Naltrexone may cause feelings of nervousness and anxiety. You may also feel restless i.e. you feel like you just need to move or do something. Naltrexone also produces the same effects like those produced by narcotics i.e. abnormal tiredness. It is important to note that insomnia and anxiety side effects of Naltrexone are common and not serious at all. In fact, these effects are temporary in many individuals. In case these effects last longer than expected, it is always advisable to consult your doctor.
3. Eating effects
Naltrexone also has eating effects i.e. the drug can interfere with normal food intake as well as normal elimination of waste. For instance, Naltrexone can cause loss of appetite. The drug can also cause nausea and vomiting especially when you first take the drug. Naltrexone is also known to disrupt normal digestion which takes place when the drug takes out fluids from food that is passing through the intestines. This in turn causes diarrhoea or constipation. The above eating effects are also common Naltrexone effects that should disappear after a few days.
4. Liver effects
Naltrexone also causes serious liver effects (liver damage) especially when the drug is taken in large doses. It is therefore important to use the drug only when it is recommended by your doctor to avoid such serious liver effects. Naltrexone is also associated with multiple symptoms that are linked with the liver i.e. excessive drowsiness, decreased appetite, prolonged upper abdomen pain, light coloured stool, yellow eyes and dark urine. It is important to note that the above effects are serious thus they a person must consult a doctor in case they have any of the above liver effects.
There are also other serious side effects of Naltrexone. Such effects include; allergies. Serious allergic symptoms include; trouble breathing, hives, wheezing, face, tongue, lips or throat swelling. Other serious side effects include; blurred vision, poor vision, ringing sound in the ears and rapid heartbeat. Naltrexone sometimes causes serious psychological effects i.e. confusion, rapid mood changes, hallucinations e.t.c. In case you have any of the above side effects, visit your doctor immediately. You shouldn't assume these effects because more often than not they symbolise a more serious underlying health problem that needs immediate medical attention.
Apart from the common/normal side effects mentioned above, Naltrexone has other mild side effects. Examples of such effects include; irritability, anxiety, restlessness, and increased thirst. Naltrexone may also cause effects such as stuffy nose, head cold, coughing, sinus pain, sore throat or sneezing. The above mild side effects do not last for more than two weeks. It is therefore important to visit your doctor in case you continue to experience these mild side effects.