Are Pellets or Injectable Forms of Naltrexone Safe?
Certified compounding centers staffed by licensed pharmacists manufacture the pellet implant andthe injectable suspension form of Naltrexone while maintaining the highest quality.
Naltrexone is relatively safe. Except in very rare incidences and in extremely sick patients, liver problems may occur, but in practice it has been exceedingly well tolerated by most patients. An insertion of Naltrexone pellets are done in an office setting under local anesthetic and usually takes 10 minutes. Patients are permitted to be unaccompanied and can drive home immediately after the procedure is completed.
IMPORTANT:If Naltrexone therapy is started before the patient has sufficiently been off their narcotics or heroin, they can expect to experience severe opioid withdrawal symptoms within a few minutes*. Moreover, if a patient on Naltrexone therapy were to get in an accident and narcotic medication is needed the emergency physicians will need to provide for alternative forms of pain control that are not effected by Naltrexone, or be given higher amounts of strong painkillers to achieve the goal of pain control. Therefore, it is advisable to carry a wallet card or wear a Medic-Alert tag (bracelet, dog-tag, or necklace) to advise everyone that you are receiving Naltrexone maintenance therapy in the event that the patient cannot communicate this fact to his or her treating physicians and first emergency responders.
*A short burst of a short-acting narcotic blocker (Naloxone Challenge Test) will be given immediately before any Naltrexone treatment to ensure that NO RESIDUAL NARCOTICS exist before receiving ANY form ofNaltrexone treatment (i.e. pellet, injection, or pill). This is for the patient’s comfort and safety!
IMPORTANT:Naltrexone may increase the risk of overdose. If a person who is fitted with a Naltrexone implant or receives an intra-muscular injectionand uses an opiate drug or heroin will not feel the euphoria or pleasant experiences associated with the drug unless they take very large doses. This is because the Naltrexone blocks the opioid receptors that can only be overcome if a massive dose of an opiate drug is taken. Very high doses of opiate drugs are known to cause respiratory depression, which can lead to death.