Like any other physician-prescribed medication, it’s possible you will experience side effects. All Monument plans include personalized care by a physician well-versed in these medications used to reach alcohol abstinence or reduce alcohol consumption. They will work with you to understand any potential side effects and help you address them if they do occur. It’s possible that side effects like nausea and drowsiness can be mitigated by adjusting when you take your medication, your dosage, and other controllable factors. Your treatment provider can talk you through your options, and you can also message them at any time with non-time sensitive questions. No waiting room or expensive alcohol rehab required.
If you’re experiencing increased levels of anxiety in the early days of sobriety or moderation, that is completely normal. Unhealthy drinking and alcohol misuse often co-occur with anxiety and can serve as a coping mechanism for anxious thoughts. So when you stop or reduce your alcohol consumption, it’s common to feel more intense anxious feelings. Learning to manage negative or uncomfortable emotions is one of the fundamental components of recovering from alcohol dependency, and you don’t have to do it alone. We encourage you to check out our therapist-moderated support groups and one-on-one therapy options to help process those emotions. Here are 4 Tips To Manage Anxiety You Can Start Using Right Now.
From SAMHSA: “When used as a treatment for alcohol dependency, naltrexone blocks the euphoric effects and feelings of intoxication. This allows people with alcohol addiction to stop or reduce their drinking behaviors enough to remain motivated to stay in treatment and avoid relapses. Naltrexone is not addictive.” Evidence for the Efficacy of Naltrexone in the Treatment of Alcohol Dependence (Alcoholism): “Naltrexone is not addictive and does not react aversively with alcohol.”
Your treatment provider will send your prescription to your pharmacy of choice. As a default, we will send your prescription to Amazon Pharmacy, which delivers your medication right to your door. If you’d prefer to send your prescription to another pharmacy, you can do so by updating your preferences here.
Monument Medical Advisor James Besante, MD shares more about your medication options for treating alcohol use disorder.
Yes, Naltrexone is an FDA approved medication for those looking to reduce or stop drinking alcohol, and Disulfiram is an FDA approved medication for those looking to stop drinking alcohol.