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 465 361
Fibromyalgia 169 251
Fatigue 133 190
Pain 49 62
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 39 38
Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome 38 94

Show all 164 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 40
Moderate 57
Mild 221
None 613

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Naltrexone

Side effect Patients
Vivid dreams 31
Nausea 17
Headaches 12
Insomnia 11
Diarrhea 8
Stiffness/spasticity 8

Show all 113 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Naltrexone

Dosage Patients
4.5 mg daily 82
3 mg daily 43
4 mg daily 11
50 mg daily 11
1.5 mg daily 9
3.5 mg daily 6
1 mg daily 5
5 mg daily 5
2 mg daily 4
1 capsule(s) daily 3

See all 31 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Naltrexone

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 141
Other 68
Side effects too severe 47
Doctor's advice 42
Expense 19
Personal research 11
Course of treatment ended 9
Change in health plan coverage 2
See all 272 patients who've stopped taking Naltrexone

Duration

Currently taking Naltrexone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 21
1 - 2 years 19
2 - 5 years 49
5 - 10 years 72
10 years or more 30

Stopped taking Naltrexone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 39
1 - 6 months 91
6 months - 1 year 35
1 - 2 years 65
2 - 5 years 37
5 - 10 years 10
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 785
Usually 110
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 114
Not at all hard to take 760
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 8
$100-199 8
$50-99 106
$25-49 459
< $25 240
Not specified 110

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 41 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

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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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