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What is naltrexone?

Naltrexone is prescribed as part of a drug or alcohol addiction treatment program. Naltrexone blocks the euphoria associated with drugs and alcohol, making their use less appealing. Naltrexone does not cure addiction, but rather helps individuals control their addictions, in combination with counseling, support groups, and other doctor-recommended treatments. Naltrexone is classified as an opiate antagonist. Only individuals who have stopped using drugs or drinking alcohol should take the medication. Individuals who have used drugs or alcohol during the prior 10 days should not use the medication. The naltrexone tablet is taken orally. Naltrexone is sold under the brand name ReVia.

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