Drug implants are medications, such as naltrexone, that gradually release the active medication ingredients over a period of time to help combat opioid and alcohol addiction. Drug implants do not help with withdrawal symptoms and while many tote naltrexone implants as a “cure,” it’s important to note that naltrexone simply blocks the effects of opioids if the person uses them. If a patient relapses using the dosage they were once accustomed to prior to the implant, they could overdose and die.
Do implants ever feel normal?
Naltrexone implants are shaped like a small pellet and typically inserted into the lower abdomen. Some people may not feel them, while others may notice them during certain activities.
Can I leave my implants in forever?
Naltrexone implants don’t stay in a person forever. Instead, they are absorbed into the body. They must be replaced every 3-6 months.
How does naltrexone make you feel?
Naltrexone itself does have some side effects, which include: runny nose, anxiety, exhaustion, restlessness, dizziness, joint pain, headaches, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, and more. The purpose of a naltrexone implant is to block the effects of opioids. Naltrexone blocks the opioid receptors in your brain and blocks them from feeling the “high” or craving an opioid.
Is naltrexone implant FDA approved?
There are three drugs approved by the FDA for the treatment of opioid dependence: buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone. (Source: https://www.fda.gov/drugs/information-drug-class/information-about-medication-assisted-treatment-mat)
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