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Harm Reduction Medication: Naltrexone

Updated: Apr 19, 2021

Did you know that there are medications available that can help if you want to reduce drinking? One is naltrexone and it has shown good efficacy (more so in men than women) and tolerability. It works by blocking the reward effect that alcohol has on your neurotransmitters. Naltrexone blocks the effect of opiate drugs, so this is an important consideration if you use drugs, or if you are going to have surgery. Naltrexone can be taken on a daily basis, or via the Sinclair Method to prevent occasional binge drinking. Ask your doctor if you would like to reduce your alcohol consumption.

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