Adults who are recovering from opioid or alcohol dependence may benefit from using Revia. Available by prescription only, this drug is given in combination with a comprehensive addiction treatment program, which includes things like counseling and support groups. There may also be occasions where Revia is given off-label to treat things such as eating disorders or gambling problems.
Revia® (naltrexone) is a prescription medication classified as an opioid antagonist. It is approved for the treatment of alcohol dependence. It is also approved to block the effects of opioids. This may help prevent a relapse in people who are addicted to opioids, including prescription narcotic pain medicines and heroin.
Revia is only approved for use in people who are opioid-free, which means it is started once you have stopped using opioids. It can cause severe withdrawal symptoms in people who are dependent on opioids and still taking them. Before starting Revia, your healthcare provider will ask you when you last used a narcotic pain medication or street drugs, and may do tests to see if the drugs are still in your body.
It is important to keep in mind that addiction is a complex illness, and successful recovery often requires a combination of several treatment approaches. Revia is just one component of a comprehensive addiction treatment program. It works best if used alongside other types of treatment, such as counseling and support group meetings.
Revia comes in the form of a tablet that is taken by mouth. It contains the same active ingredient as Vivitrol® (naltrexone injection). Vivitrol is also used in the treatment of alcohol and opioid dependence. However, Vivitrol is given by a healthcare provider once a month as an injection into a muscle (an intramuscular, or IM, injection).
Although Revia can be self-administered, your healthcare provider may recommend someone else give you the medication to make sure you are using it as prescribed. Follow your healthcare provider's recommendations closely. Revia works best when taken as directed and if you want to stop using alcohol or drugs.