Why buy ReVia?
ReVia is an effective drug for preventing relapse in alcohol addiction. This medicine is not a cure for alcohol addiction. It is used as part of an overall program that includes counseling, attending support group sessions, and other treatments recommended by your doctor.
ReVia is also used to provide drug support for opioid addicts after detoxification with an opioid in the course of a drug withdrawal treatment. The duration of treatment may depend on what type of anesthetic, how much, and how long you took it.
The drug ReVia is subject to prescription in USA. When used correctly, it shows the success rate of around 78%. Unlike methadone and buprenorphine, Extended-Release ReVia is intended for long-term, non-addictive treatment of opioid addiction.
What does ReVia contain?
The drug ReVia is produced in the form of film-coated tablets. Each tablet contains naltrexone hydrochloride (50 mg) as the active ingredient. ReVia also contains the following inactive ingredients: lactose monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose, crospovidone, polysorbate 80, silicon dioxide, magnesium stearate, titanium dioxide, iron oxide, hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose, polyethylene glycol, Opadry light yellow (dye).
How does ReVia work?
The active substance naltrexone belongs to a class of medicines known as opiate antagonists.
In the treatment of alcohol addiction, naltrexone occupies the opioid receptors and helps to inhibit the euphoric effects of alcohol, reduce alcohol greed and facilitate alcohol abstinence. Naltrexone also reduces cravings for alcohol. This can help you use less or stop using it altogether. However, naltrexone will not “sober” you or reduce the effects of recently consumed alcohol.
In the treatment of Optiod therapy, naltrexone combats the effects of opiate drugs (such as heroin) on the body and blocks the build-up of euphoria from these opiates. It also decreases the desire to take the opiates.
When used at the same time as morphine, ReVia chronically blocks addiction to morphine, heroin, and other opioids.
How should ReVia tablets be taken?
Treatment of alcoholism
The film-coated tablets ReVia should be taken orally once a day with a glass of water. The recommended dose is one tablet, which is 50mg. The drug ReVia can be taken on an empty stomach or with a meal if it is a burden on your stomach.
ReVia should normally be taken for at least 3 months. The treatment regimen can also last longer. The duration depends on how quickly a patient combats alcohol or heroin addiction.
The dose of this medicine is different for different patients. Follow your doctor’s instructions or read the package insert carefully before buying ReVia.
The success of treatment with ReVia depends on several factors, such as the severity of alcoholism and the duration of treatment.
Treatment of opioid addiction
Treatment should be started with a starting dose of 25 mg ReVia (half a tablet). Half a tablet should be taken again after an hour.
The recommended weekly dose for adults is 350 mg. Here is an example of a treatment regimen:
- 50 mg (one tablet) per day; or
- 50 mg per day during the week and 100 mg (two tablets) on Saturday; or
- 100 mg every other day; or
- 150 mg every 3 days.
ReVia intake should not be stopped without consulting a doctor. If you stop using ReVia and then continue using drugs as you normally would, you run the risk of becoming more sensitive to opiates. This can also lead to an opiate overdose. You should speak to your doctor before stopping taking ReVia.
What side effects can ReVia cause?
Any medication can cause the side effects. However, many people experience little or no side effects. Get medical attention if you get any of these side effects:
- Nervousness, irritability, or anxiety;
- Fatigue and weakness;
- Stomach pain;
- Nausea, constipation, diarrhea, or vomiting;
- Stomach pain or cramps;
- Sleep disorders;
- Muscle or joint pain;
- Signs of a cold;
- Loss of appetite;
When can I not buy ReVia?
Revia is contraindicated in:
- Patients taking opioid analgesics;
- Patients taking the opiate agonists (e.g. methadone) or partial agonists (e.g. buprenorphine);
- Patients with acute opioid withdrawal;
- in the case of severe liver disease;
- in acute hepatitis;
- positive urine test for opioids;
- if you are sensitive to naltrexone or any of the ingredients in this medication.
What is to be considered?
For the best results in treatment, the following should be considered:
- Before buying ReVia online or at a stationary pharmacy, the patient should get an exam to make sure they are not having liver failure.
- If the patient is undergoing surgery, ReVia should be discontinued 2-3 days prior to surgery.
- 7-10 days before the start of treatment, the patient should exclude the use of opiods and alcoholic beverages and pass a drug test.
- The use of ReVia during alcohol intoxication leads to acute withdrawal symptoms.
- If symptoms such as yellowing of the eyes, abdominal pain, change in urine color, loss of appetite, or rapid weight loss occur during treatment with ReVia, the drug should be discontinued. A narcologist should be consulted as soon as possible.
- The machines should not be used because the active substance naltrexone can reduce the ability to react. This medicine can cause faintness, drowsiness and difficulty concentrating.
- Regarding pregnancy, ReVia 50 mg film-coated tablets should only be used when the expected benefit for the mother is greater than the possible risk for the child.
- ReVia use during breastfeeding is prohibited.
Does ReVia interact with other drugs?
ReVia can interact with the following substances:
- Opiates (e.g. codeine, morphine, oxycodone)
If you are taking any of these drugs, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. You may want to either stop taking one of these drugs or choose a different drug.
An interaction between two drugs does not always mean that you need to stop either. Talk to your doctor about what to do about drug interactions.
Since caffeine, alcohol and nicotine can impair the effectiveness of many medications, you should inform your doctor if you drink too much coffee, consume alcohol or smoke cigarettes.
Revia and alcohol consumption
You shouldn’t drink alcohol while taking this medication as it can damage your liver.
The FDA recommends not starting treatment with ReVia until the signs and symptoms of acute alcohol withdrawal have gone. As a rule, an abstinence of at least 3 days is recommended, if possible even of up to 7 days.