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Naltrexone is a medication that blocks the effects of drugs known as opiates, or narcotics (a class that includes morphine, heroin, or codeine). It competes with these drugs for opioid receptors in the brain. Originally used to treat dependence on opiate drugs, it has now also been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as treatment for alcohol dependence. People who are dependent on opiate drugs, such as heroin or morphine, must stop their drug use at least 7 days prior to starting naltrexone. Some people should not take naltrexone, such as those suffering from chronic pain who rely on opioid painkillers or people with liver failure or acute hepatitis.

Information provided above is courtesy of: https://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/combine/faqs.htm

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