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Okay an update. Most people who have been on this forum a while will know my story. If you don't well it is all there in varies threads if you want to read it.
Quick back track. Sucessfull 6 months on Nalmefene ( Selincro ) but the more successful the less I required the drug and the side effects increased again when I did need to take a tablet. Issues getting prescribed Naltrexone ( perported to have less issues with side effects ) so for that reason and pain relief problems I discontinued Nalmefene ( Selincro ) . I drank without protection and for the last two months I have continued to do well. Units consumed per week around the new UK government recommendation of 14 units. ( less than that many a week ) However, I am well aware this can change and I will return to the way I was before.
I am not a person who would buy drugs online, however, after advise and a recommended source of a reliable company I obtained Naltrexone. ( This is while I am pursuing ongoing avenues to have the drug prescribed.
I have only taken it twice so far. The side effects were no where near as dreadful as Nalmefene ( Selincro ) and as I later realised that I had started on the full dose of 50 mgs instead of 25mgs to begin with this was good news. The second dose had minimal side effects. I would just say a slight 'strange ' sensation hard to describe but not all worrying. On Nalmefene I felt ill, cold sweats, nausia, muscular cramps that made me feel like I was having cardia discomfort and later travelled through the stomach and guts. Also this feeling around my nose , throat and eyes which is hard to explain.
So in short Nalrexone is far less severe as far as side effects are concerned . It does the same job and it is a shame that the licensing issue is so complicated and unlikely to be resolved . I think more people would benefit from this is prescribed on the NHS as Selincro is now where so many people give up due to the initial side effects.
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