What is Naltrexone?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) ReVia Vivitrol

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Naltrexone, in low doses such as 3mg to 4.5mg, has been found to boost the immune system in MS, autoimmune diseases, and central nervous system disorders.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Multiple sclerosis 464 362
Fibromyalgia 172 255
Fatigue 135 191
Pain 50 63
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 39 38
Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome 39 95

Show all 162 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 41
Moderate 58
Mild 223
None 618

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Naltrexone

Side effect Patients
Vivid dreams 32
Nausea 17
Headaches 13
Insomnia 12
Diarrhea 8
Stiffness/spasticity 8

Show all 109 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Naltrexone

Dosage Patients
4.5 mg daily 69
3 mg daily 42
4 mg daily 11
1.5 mg daily 10
50 mg daily 10
1 mg daily 6
3.5 mg daily 6
1 capsule(s) daily 3
2 mg daily 3
4.5 mcg daily 3

See all 29 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Naltrexone

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 142
Other 68
Side effects too severe 48
Doctor's advice 43
Expense 19
Personal research 11
Course of treatment ended 9
Change in health plan coverage 2
See all 273 patients who've stopped taking Naltrexone

Duration

Currently taking Naltrexone

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 16
1 - 2 years 24
2 - 5 years 38
5 - 10 years 72
10 years or more 26

Stopped taking Naltrexone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 39
1 - 6 months 90
6 months - 1 year 35
1 - 2 years 65
2 - 5 years 39
5 - 10 years 10
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 793
Usually 111
Sometimes 16
Never taken as prescribed 20
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 15
Somewhat hard to take 42
A little hard to take 116
Not at all hard to take 767
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 8
$100-199 9
$50-99 106
$25-49 464
< $25 240
Not specified 113

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Naltrexone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 7
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 7
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 7
Tramadol (Ultram) 6
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 5

Show all 40 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Naltrexone and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Dimethyl fumarate (Tecfidera) 2
Azathioprine (Imuran) 1
Buprenorphine-Naloxone (Suboxone) 1
Dexamethasone (Decadron) 1
Fingolimod (Gilenya) 1

Show all 12 treatments patients report switching to

Last updated:

80 patient evaluations for Naltrexone

Aug 18, 2008 (Started Nov 10, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: take betweem 9pm and 3 am
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Apr 25, 2008 (Started Oct 11, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4.5 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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