Having trouble letting go of the brown bottle, whiskey, vodka, mama pima or whatever it is that tickles your fancy? Well, the infamous National Authority for Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) boss, John Mututho, might just have the remedy you need.
Mututho, has partnered with an Indian company, to introduce the first drug proven to help alcohol addicts refrain from liquor. The new drug, Naltrexone, is a medicine manufactured by Rusan Pharma Ltd, an Indian firm to help alcoholics stay cold dead sober. According to Dr Saxena of Rusan Pharma Ltd, the non-addictive, non-narcotic medicine attaches to the opiate receptors in an addicts’ brain, which contribute to the pleasurable effects alcoholics feel when drinking alcohol.
The chairman Rusan Pharma Ltd, Nevin Saxena, while launching the “life changing medicine” said the drug had already proven successful in India and introducing it in Kenya would help alleviate the suffering of the six million people said to be hooked on alcohol.
Naltrexone which is medication used to prevent people who are addicted to certain drugs (Opiates) from taking them again, works by blocking the euphoric effects and feelings of intoxication. It therefore allows people with alcohol addiction to reduce their drinking behaviors enough to remain motivated to stay in treatment and avoid relapses. It is in itself not addictive neither does it react adversely with alcohol.
However, people taking Naltrexone may experience some side effects like, stomach upsets or vomiting, Diarrhea, Sleep problems/tiredness Joint or muscle pain among many other effects. Good news is you can stop taking naltrexone at any time and you will not experience withdrawal symptoms.
If you’ve been talking about quitting drinking, you don’t have an excuse not to anymore.