Naltrexone and Hydrocodone are both prescription medications. They are typically used to treat different conditions, but may sometimes be combined. Since these two drugs affect the body differently, they may cause serious complications when they are combined.
What Is Naltrexone?
Naltrexone is a prescription opiate that is available in both generic and brand name versions (Revia, Vivitrol). It can be taken via injection or by mouth and can be consumed with or without food and antacids. A doctor must prescribe this drug and will typically administer it or monitor a patient while Naltrexone is being taken. Patients are usually prescribed a dosage of about 50mgs per day, but dosage may depend on the severity of their condition.
This drug is used to treat alcohol addiction and substance abuse disorders. It is usually combined with other treatment methods to help individuals overcome addiction or get through withdrawal. Naltrexone reduces the chemical effects that alcohol and drugs may have on the brain. It can also block the effects of opiate drugs and curb cravings for alcohol, illicit drugs, and other substances. Side effects of Naltrexone include nausea, headache, dizziness, tiredness, trouble sleeping, anxiety, and mild withdrawal symptoms.
What Is Hydrocodone?
Hydrocodone is usually prescribed by a doctor as well and is available in liquid and tablet forms. It is an opioid cough suppressant that is used to relieve coughs that are caused by the common cold. This drug works by signaling signals in the brain to stop the urge to cough. Hydrocodone can be taken by mouth, with or without food every four to six hours.
Medication Warnings and Risks
Like all medications, both Naltrexone and Hydrocodone come with risks. Both of these drugs may cause withdrawal symptoms and overdose if misused or used for an extended period of time. They could also cause severe allergic reactions. Patients should not mix either drug with alcohol or marijuana at the risk of intensifying the side effects. Naltrexone, specifically, may put individuals at risk for liver disease and other complications. It also should not be taken within seven days of using drugs or alcohol.
What Happens When Naltrexone & Hydrocodone Interact?
When these two drugs are taken together, they come with a more severe risk of abuse, addiction, overdose, and withdrawal. Naltrexone could also block the effects of hydrocodone and therefore causes the medication to work less successfully. Using these two drugs together is not recommended since the interaction can be potentially dangerous.
Treating Drug Interactions and Abuse
If you have the common cold and require a cough suppressant but are currently using Naltrexone, talk to your doctor before starting any medication. They may be able to recommend an alternative to Hydrocodone to avoid possible interactions. Alternatives to Hydrocodone include over-the-counter cough suppressant medicines in combination with treatments like drinking fluids, using saline nose drops, and using a humidifier.
To learn more about Naltrexone, Hydrocodone, and other prescription medications as well as drug interactions, contact our team of medical professionals by visiting our website or giving us a call at 267.719.8528.