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.
Doctors advise against using REVIA if you are allergic to any ingredient in it or if you have conditions like hepatitis, liver failure, or liver disease or you have failed the challenge test with Revia , or have tested positive for narcotics.
Discuss your past/current medical history in detail with your doctor before beginning treatment with any new medication. If you are using any herbal supplements or over the counter medication, including vitamin pills, then mention it to your doctor.
Your condition might be monitored or the dosage might be modified to suit you if you are taking narcotic medications for pain, are dependent on narcotics, are experiencing withdrawal symptoms from narcotics,
REVIA may increase the risk of getting dizziness or drowsiness. This risk greatly increases if you combine it with alcoholic beverages. So please avoid them while using REVIA. Also, avoid undertaking any tasks which require mental alertness (driving, handling heavy machinery etc).
Doctors may prescribe certain laboratory tests like liver function to determine how you have responded to treatment and to gauge the severity of the side effects of REVIA. Please Keep all lab appointments and do not miss any tests.
Please inform your lab technician or surgeon that you are taking REVIA before you undergo any emergency surgical procedure including dental operations.
If you are expecting a child or are planning to have a child in near future, then consult your doctor before using REVIA to discuss any possible threats to the unborn baby.
If you are a nursing mother and breast feed your baby, then too, seek consultation before using REVIA as some drugs are excreted in the breast milk and may enter the baby.
Most medications have some kind of side effects associated with them. The commonest of these side effects are temporary and mild and fade away without any special attention.
These include anxiety; appetite loss; chills; constipation; delayed ejaculation; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; feeling down; headache; increased energy; increased thirst; irritability; joint and muscle pain; low energy; nausea; nervousness; sleeplessness; stomach pain/cramps; vomiting.
However, in some cases, these mild side effects may persist or become bothersome. In such cases, seek medical attention.
Also, in some rare cases, it may lead to severe side effects like severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); abdominal or stomach pain; cramping; dark urine; depression; suicidal thoughts or behaviors; unusual tiredness or weakness; vomiting; white bowel movements; yellowing of the skin or eyes.
Seek medical attention if you notice any of these side effects.
Side effects that are not listed here may also occur.