Naltrexone implants are a prescription medication for the treatment of osteoporosis, a medical condition that causes the bones to become weak and brittle. Osteoporosis, as defined by the American Dental Association (ADA), is a progressive ailment that causes the bones to become thin and recede from their true bone structure, resulting in a tooth loss or significant deformity of one’s face and neck. The National Institute of Health classifies this ailment as “bone deterioration.” This condition is most common in elderly women, but it can also affect healthy children and teens.
Because osteoporosis is linked to estrogen levels, which are decreased during menopause, oral contraceptives may also be prescribed in order to reduce estrogen levels, thus preventing bone deterioration. In recent years, however, pharmaceutical companies have been developing synthetic hormones that appear to act in a similar way to estrogen, but with fewer side effects than estrogen. These types of oral contraceptives, or “the pill,” have already been approved by the FDA for use in treating a host of conditions, including vaginal dryness and insomnia, as well as the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia and certain endometriosis.
naltrexone implants are another area in which pharmaceutical companies are trying to capitalize on a medical problem. In this case, the hormone levels in a patient’s body are imbalanced, which causes them to experience discomfort when urinating or during sexual intercourse. This is commonly referred to as the “anxiety attack drug” because it can cause extreme nausea, as well as chest pains and a racing heart. Because this drug is an anti-androgen, it can prevent testosterone from converting into estrogen, which is what causes the female sexual characteristic known as vaginal atrophy.
This synthetic hormone is being used to treat both benign and malignant tumors of the prostate, as well as benign prostatic hyperplasia and low testosterone levels in males. When used in conjunction with chemotherapy, Naltrexone implants can help to significantly reduce side effects such as persistent pelvic pain, difficulty with urination, and impotence. Naltrexone is also used to treat severe refractory symptoms associated with advanced prostate cancer. This powerful anti-cancer compound has proven very effective at eliminating bladder cancer in patients that were not able to tolerate typical treatments.
Currently there are over 25 different brands of Naltrexone implants available to the public. Each is approved by the FDA specifically for the intended use listed on their label. A professional should be consulted in order to ensure that a patient is using the correct device for the intended use. In some cases, physicians will provide the devices themselves and instruct patients on how to correctly utilize them. More often than not, however, a patient will need to purchase these implants from the local pharmacy.
Even though the potential side effects of taking this medication are relatively mild, they must be monitored carefully by the physician. Naltrexone can have unpleasant interactions with other medications and can result in serious depression in some individuals. If you experience any severe changes or discomfort after beginning to take this medication, contact your doctor immediately. Also keep in mind that prolonged use can cause serious withdrawal side effects. Naltrexone is an FDA approved, drug-based medicine used to treat alcoholism.