Naltrexone implant therapy

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What is a naltrexone implantation?

In medical terms, naltrexone is a narcotic antagonist. It attaches to the opiate receptors in the brain and blocks these receptors. In this manner, the effect of the opiate is neutralised, and consumption of the drug becomes pointless.

What is a naltrexone implantation?

The naltrexone implantation is a special administration form of the medication naltrexone. Using a small surgical intervention under local anaesthetic, the implantation is inserted either in the lower section of the abdomen or in the inner section of the upper arm. The active agent dissolves slowly in the body over a period of time of up to 12 months.

An alternative to administration of naltrexone in a fixed form by means of an implantation is to give the medication in a liquid form by means of an injection. In this case, the medication is effective for approximately 28 days. However, specialists prefer administration by means of the implantation, as the patient receives regular dosage of the active ingredient in this manner. In addition, the possibility of refusing or forgetting to take the medication is eliminated.