REVIA is very useful in treating alcoholism and narcotic (opioid) addiction in adults, as part of a complete treatment program and it works by blocking the effects of injectable opioids (e.g., heroin, narcotic pain relievers). It has also been shown to decrease
Following the dosage instructions of your doctor is the best way to use any medication. If you are unsure or do not remember the instructions then you may read the medicine label for more detailed information. Revia should not be taken until the naltrexone challenge test is negative.
You may choose to take REVIA with a meal to avoid an upset stomach or without one.
It is strictly necessary to be negative in the naltrexone challenge test before taking REVIA.
It is very important that you complete the dosage schedule and do not interrupt it in between without seeking prior consultation from your doctor.
Taking your medication at the same time each day is a tried and tested method to avoid missing any doses.
Drug Class and Mechanism
REVIA falls under narcotic antagonist and it works by blocking the effects of injectable opioids (e.g., heroin, narcotic pain relievers). It has also been shown to decrease alcohol consumption.
Despite your best attempts at remembering, if you still miss out on a dose, then take it as soon as you remember about it. But keep in mind that you will have to adjust your next dose by spacing it out by 4 to 5 hours. If this is not possible, then the best thing to do would be to skip the missed dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.
Store REVIA at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F(15 and 30 degrees C). Always keep it in a cool dark place that is not directly exposed to sources of heat or moisture and sunlight. Protect it from kids and pets.
An overdose of REVIA may have adverse effects that require immediate medical attention. Contact the nearest emergency poison control center immediately if you notice effects like.
Do not use Revia if:
you are allergic to any ingredient in Revia;
you are taking narcotic medications for pain, are dependent on narcotics, are experiencing withdrawal symptoms from narcotics, have failed the challenge test with Revia , or have tested positive for narcotics;
you have hepatitis, liver failure, or liver disease.
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
Carry identification to alert health care providers that you are taking Revia . You can get a medication card from your doctor to use for this purpose.
Before you have any medical or dental treatments, emergency care, or surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are using Revia.
Contact your health care provider at once if any of the following signs or symptoms of hepatitis occur while taking Revia : stomach pain lasting more than a few days; white bowel movements; dark urine; yellowing of the skin or eyes.
Do not use narcotics while taking Revia , including opioid-containing medicines (e.g., cough and cold products, pain relievers, heroin). Revia may increase your sensitivity to narcotics. Therefore, even very low doses may cause coma or be life-threatening.
Before you have any medical or dental surgery or emergency treatments, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking Revia.
Lab tests, including liver function, may be performed to monitor your progress or to check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
Use Revia with extreme caution in children younger than 18 years of age. Safety and effectiveness in this age group have not been confirmed.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Revia during pregnancy. It is unknown if Revia is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Revia , check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.