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I have been drinking quite heavily (subjective I Know) for about 20 years now.
I am able to have days off now and then, depending on daily stress/circumstances. I can go 3 or 4 days without whilst at work but my days off I drink approx 20-units.
I found out about Nalmefene and asked my GP for it. I saw a specialist who also sanctioned the use of Nalmefene. However, I am only 1 of 7 in the whole of Manchester and the support just isn't in place yet. I was offered group sessions with others that attend the unit (Alcoholic's with serious issues). I refused this as I didn't feel this was appropriate for me. The Doctor then said he would refer me to the community alcohol and drugs team (which my GP had already explained this was for alcoholic with seroius issues and detox programes), and I have not heard anything since.
I am taking Nalmefene having read the NICE guidence. My understanding is that it is very individual in terms of when and person would choose to take a tablet.
I took my first tablet on a Friday and have just taken my second one the following Tuesday. I have experienced the odd feeling/dizzyness and it was a tad difficult with interupted sleep after the first one. I didn't want a drink that day, nor the next but went out and had a few beers and was ok and happy with half the usual amout.
My plan is to use Nalmefene as and when I feel the need - I have not had any information regarding an incrimental effect for usage, so I am hoping the second tablet will work as well as the first, without the odd feeling. I am a couple of hours in with tablet 2 and feel ok, just a tad odd but not as bad as the first one.
My question is - will the side efffects lessen if I use Nalmefene say twice a week on random days that may not be consecutive or do I need to take it more often to avoid the side effects - Is this an impossible question?
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