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What is Selincro (Nalmefene) used for?
Selincro (Nalmefene) is an oral medication known as an opioid receptor agonist prescribed to treat alcoholic patients who wish to manage alcohol dependence. The medication operates by blocking opioid receptors in the brain so that the patient does not feel any of the effects after consuming alcohol. This reduces the desire to consume alcohol allowing therapy and lifestyle changes to further treat the addiction. Your physician may prescribe this medication to be used along with others or for the treatment of other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Selincro (Nalmefene)?
Selincro (Nalmefene) should always be used according to the instructions provided by your physician to get the most effective results. The correct dosage and frequency of administration will depend on your age, weight, current health, and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed whole and unaltered along with a large glass of water. It is recommended to take these doses along with a snack or meal if you experience nausea. Do not chew or split the tablets as this may destroy or change their effects. Ask your pharmacist or physician any questions you have about using the medication to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Selincro (Nalmefene)?
Selincro (Nalmefene) may cause some side effects such as:
Serious side effects that may need emergency medical attention are severe fatigue, intense drowsiness, shallow breathing, chest pain, palpitations, or faintness. Contact your physician as soon as any unusual symptoms occur to make sure the necessary changes are made to your application frequency or dosage to stop more health problems from occurring.
Selincro (Nalmefene) should not be used to treat patients who are currently using opioid medications, have recently been dependent on opioid medications, who have experienced hallucinations or delirium during withdrawal, who have severely reduced liver function, severely decreased kidney function, or who are lactose intolerant. Also inform your doctor if you have a history of seizures, depression, psychiatric illness, mildly reduced liver function, moderately reduced kidney function, or patients who are taking fluconazole, meclofenamic acid, or medroxyprogesterone on a regular basis. These conditions may lead to unexpected health problems requiring alterations to your regimen to prevent further complications from occurring.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Selincro (Nalmefene). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.