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Re: Revia to treat Bipolar Disorder?

Posted by nowrist on April 23, 1999, at 13:25:39

In reply to Re: Revia to treat Bipolar Disorder?, posted by Donna on April 18, 1999, at 11:00:21

> > I've heard of adding Revia to an antidepressant to
> > help with depression. For example, see:
> >
> >
> > But I haven't heard of using it by itself for
> > bipolar disorder. Can your psychiatrist give you
> > some references?
> > Bob
> Dear Bob,
> I currently take Depakote for Bipolar and Revia for alcoholism. I now understand that being bipolar contributed to the my alcohol abuse along with other issues. When first starting the Revia, aprox. 2 years ago, at 50 mg per day, it eliminated my desire for alcohol completely. However, I found that when I went off the Revia, for short/long periods of time, my desire for alcohol returned. The combination of Depakote and Revia tends to greatly decrease my desire for alcohol. Or, when I do drink, I drink much less. I am now considering increasing my dosage to 100 mg per day to eliminate the desire for alcohol all together. According the the package insert, this should be safe - however, I will need to consult my doctor. I'm going to try it (100 mg) for the next couple of days to see what happens.
does anyone know how typical the side effects for revia are, and can anyone out there say anything confidently about the toll this naltrexone (revia) takes on the body---is it similiar to other drugs about which more is known? It is being recomended to me for my ongoing problems with alchohol and depression...




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