drug misuse naltrexone

drug misuse naltrexone

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Understanding NICE guidance
Information for people who use NHS services
Naltrexone for managing
opioid dependence
NICE `technology This leaflet is about when naltrexone should be used to treat people who
appraisal guidance' are dependent on opioid drugs (such as heroin and morphine) in the NHS
in England and Wales. It explains guidance (advice) from NICE (the
advises on when
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence). It is written for people
and how drugs and who are opioid dependent but it may also be useful for their families or
other treatments carers or anyone with an interest in the condition.
should be used in It does not describe opioid dependence or the treatments in detail ­ a
the NHS. member of your healthcare team should discuss these with you. Some
sources of further information and support are on the back page.
Information about NICE technology appraisal guidance 115
Issue date: January 2007

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This may not be the What has NICE said?
only possible
Naltrexone is recommended as a treatment option for people who
treatment for have been opioid dependent but who have stopped using opioids,
people who are and who are highly motivated to stay free from the drugs in an
dependent on abstinence programme.
opioids.Your It should only be given to people who have been told about the
healthcare team problems associated with treatment, and with proper supervision.…read more

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Naltrexone is a drug used to help people stay off opioids altogether
(`abstinence'). It is given after they have stopped taking opioids for at least
7­10 days. It works by blocking the effects of the opioids, so that people
don't get the same result from taking them.
What does this mean for me?
When NICE recommends a treatment, the NHS must ensure it is
available to those people it could help, normally within 3 months of
the guidance being issued.…read more

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More information about opioid dependence
The organisations below can provide more information and support for
people who are dependent on opioids. Please note that NICE is not
responsible for the quality or accuracy of any information or advice
provided by these organisations.
· Addaction, 020 7251 5860
· Adfam, 020 7553 7640
· The Alliance, 0845 122 8608
· Release, 0845 4500 215 or 020 7729 9904
· Turning Point, 020 7702 2300
NHS Direct online (www.nhsdirect.nhs.…read more


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