ReVia is the brand name for the narcotic drug, naltrexone oral. It is an opioid agonist, which means it blocks the effects of alcohol and other narcotic medications, and it is used to treat alcohol and narcotic drug addiction.
“…it is possible to experience ReVia overdose symptoms when it is taken incorrectly.”
While ReVia is safe to use under the care of a physician, it is possible to experience ReVia overdose symptoms when it is taken incorrectly.
Did You Know?
When taken therapeutically and under the careful supervision of a medical professional, opiates do not usually have serious side effects. However, Harvard Health Publications warns that when taken for long periods of time, the brain’s nerve receptors adapt and begin to resist the drugs. This means to achieve the same effects, you’ll require higher doses. This means a tolerance has formed. Tolerance is a physical withdrawal reaction that is caused by the body adapting to the absence of the drug each time it leaves the body. This does not indicate an addiction, but it can lead to one if you increase your dosage to adapt to the tolerance.
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Common ReVia Side Effects
ReVia is not prescribed for patients still experiencing withdrawal symptoms because it may intensify these symptoms. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, it is usually given one week to 10 days after the patient has completed detox.
ReVia may cause several side effects that are not usually signs of an overdose on ReVia. These may include:
- Body aches
- Weakness or fatigue
- Sexual problems
More serious side effects, which can indicate an allergic reaction to ReVia, may include trouble breathing, hives, and swelling of the face, tongue, mouth or throat. If these symptoms occur, seek medical help immediately.
ReVia may also have some more serious side effects than those listed above. If these are experienced, you should stop using ReVia immediately and contact your physician. These more serious side effects may include:
- Increased heartbeat
- Blurred vision or other eye problems
- Mood swings
- Violent thoughts
- Intense nausea or stomach pain
- Loss of appetite
- Ear pain or ringing in the ears
- Itching or rash
Did You Know?
In many cases, ReVia may be taken for days, months, or years to prevent relapse, but only with medical supervision so you are monitored for liver disease.
How ReVia Overdose Occurs
Physicians sometimes advise patients to have a family member or caregiver administer ReVia so that it is taken as prescribed. Using narcotic drugs or alcohol is not recommended while taking ReVia, and you should never try to take large doses of a narcotic drug or alcohol to overcome its opioid-blocking effects. To do so can lead to serious ReVia overdose symptoms.
ReVia Overdose Symptoms
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, adverse side effects while taking ReVia are rare, but its FDA-approved label includes a warning about hepatotoxicity when taken at higher doses than those recommended in routine treatment. Hepatotoxicity tends to occur only after someone has taken these high doses for extended periods. More common ReVia overdose symptoms are similar to some of its side effects but are usually more intense and long-lasting. These may include:
- Abdominal pain
- Seizure or convulsions
Patients should be aware of possible signs of hepatotoxicity or other liver problems which can occur when ReVia is taken at high dosages. If you experience the following symptoms, stop using ReVia immediately and seek medical attention:
- Abdominal pain for more than a few days
- White bowel movements
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes
- Dark urine
To prevent ReVia overdose, do not take ReVia if you are taking any narcotic pain medications. The effects of these will be blocked by ReVia and harmful side effects could occur. You should notify your doctor before you take ReVia if you are using any narcotic pain medication or another opioid agonist, such as buprenorphine (Subutex) or methadone.
There may be other medications that can interact with Revia and result in overdose symptoms or other serious side effects. This includes herbal products, vitamins and medications prescribed by other doctors.
You should wear a medical alert bracelet that warns you are using ReVia in the event of an emergency. This way, medical professionals that are treating you will be aware and will not accidentally treat with medications that could result in ReVia overdose symptoms. Call us today to learn more about ReVia detox and withdrawal treatment.
ReVia Overdose Treatment
According to the Internet Drug Index, there is limited clinical experience with overdose of this medication in humans. Because of this lack of experience in the treatment of ReVia overdose symptoms, overdose treatment is usually carried out symptomatically in a closely monitored medical environment.
“The effects of these will be blocked by ReVia and harmful side effects could occur.”
If ReVia overdose is suspected, you should contact emergency services immediately.
ReVia and other opioid agonists may help to prevent relapse, but the first step toward recovery from any addiction is seeking help. Call to discuss your treatment options 24 hours a day, seven days a week.