Brand new TSMer and nightly drinker, here. My first day I took 25 and got a horrible tired/high feeling. I took just 12.5 the following day with better success, then 25, and now have taken 50 2 days in a row. Food definitely helps. However, it makes me feel a little slowed, a little less sharp, maybe even some slight paranoia - to the point that I'd prefer not to be in public after taking it. So far, I am not craving drink any less with it, but of course recognize I am VERY early on.
Has anyone ever felt side effects similar to these and seen them go away over time? I am so hopeful about this treatment and really don't want to have to give up on it because I can't tolerate the med.
Thanks for any feedback!
Last Edit: Jan 22, 2019 21:54:24 GMT -5 by joesixpack
Yes.. jade lots of people experience side effects like those.. I have never personally felt high on it, just nauseous and tired. I progressed up with dosage pretty slow but am at 50mg now at week 17. I started 12.5mg for a couple days then on to 25mg for about a month then up to 50mg. I recently tried to increase my dosage to 75mg but made me feel pretty sick so I went back down to 50mg and will stay there. The side effects go away relatively fast so hang in there..
I have noticed a lower tolerance to AL too.. just something to watch for..
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Post by runawaytrain on Jan 9, 2019 16:23:53 GMT -5
Welcome jade and congrats on your journey. Usually I feel a little nauseous on the nal, eating before taking it helps me, but I suck at eating! Definitely keep up updated! We're a pretty close family here! Best of luck! I'm here for you!
Looking forward to a future worth remembering! I believe in you too!
Welcome jade, and good luck on your journey! I've read others who talk about having that feeling at first, and it does seem to pass. Hang in there, post often with your progress. We're all here for each other.
I'm approximately a week in now at a full 50 mg dose and thought I'd do a quick "check in" or whatever. Immediate side effects almost entirely gone, you were all correct! Thank you! But some of the mornings seem worse than ever- I've read about a "nal hangover" and suspect that's what I'm partially experiencing.
I am not really even trying to drink less yet, but am definitely feeling different after drinking. It's not the same feeling but it's very hard to put my finger on what the difference is. I am still drinking about 4-5 drinks per night. My provider told me to be aware of what I'm drinking and why, but not to actively try to quit this first month. So, I am keeping track of my drinks and giving my craving a daily numeric score as well, but I would also like to start trying to cut down too. Baby steps, I suppose...
It all sounds pretty normal Jade. I had the very same feelings of lethargy and feeling sickly on and off ...I think it was, for me, to do with a bit of detoxing perhaps as I was drinking approximately half the amount pre nal. As a daily drinker I made the conscious decision to continue with daily drinking over Christmas until reaching AF day in week 6. Can you dilute your drinks? Can you put your glass further out of reach? I found that if I took a nal, waited an hour, poured a drink and THEN left the drink downstairs and went upstairs for a bath really helped delay things. Good luck. X
bunt - thanks, I have actually been diluting my wine with la croix and that helps. Both keeps it refreshing and helps with keeping hydrated. It's interesting, I drink wine or strong beer, generally - IPA. I find myself wanting a lighter beer these last several days, I'm not sure that's nal or a sort of psychosomatic result. Eh. Either way I suppose it's a slight improvement of some kind.
Tonight I consciously looked forward to drinking. Nothing new, but tonight I get the night to myself and that can be a trigger (phone off, husband gone, door locked, no one knows the level of my weaknesses but me...)! Tomorrow I have responsibilities, so that may have had some effect also. But, I started at 4p (9p now) and have have had far from a "light night" of drinking- have had half a bottle of wine and an IPA (6.9%). Honestly, I would usually continue. Especially since I still had one more glass of wine available to me w/o opening a new bottle, so poured it. Strangely, I actually don't want to drink it? Again, I have had bad feelings ("nal hangover"?) in am with naltroxone, so that may be a part of it. Whatever the reason- I'll take it.
I am posting this because I want to believe small victories matter.
jade I know all about the hubs gone phone off door locked... weakness... it is a total demise for me.. absolute set up for a drunk night.. but luckily with responsibility it could curtail behavior because I will not put AUD before performance.. like you said.. I would never be low exceptance.. I always get the job done.. no matter what.. the facade...
Thanks, taz . I dumped the wine and went to bed. It's nice to have time off, but maybe kind of like you, left to my own devices I can get myself into trouble! I think a healthy amount of responsibility is good for me. Even if it is a bit of a facade. Though I do sometimes wish I had the type of personality who was motivated as much by responsibility to myself as I am by responsibility to others.
I consider today to be the first day of week 3 (I have been taking the full 50 mg for 14 days). This week was a very busy work week, so fairly light drinking. I'll be curious to see how I feel during this week when things slow down for a few days.
Good for you jade .. always a good feeling when able to dump AL.. I totally agree with being responsible to self as I am working on that very much right.. self love. We matter too. I don't usually drink during the week altho yesterday day I did have 2 beers cause we had today off with MLK day... but won't drink the rest of the week.. the dang weekends are what get me..
Responsibility definitely keeps me in line.. left to my own devices is bit scary for me.. but something to really work on as the last time was horrible and I won't be revisiting that. I am to important to treat myself like that.
I reread my last post which claimed "fairly light drinking." In the spirit of full disclosure I feel the need to add, "for me." This means I had 3-4.5 drinks per night last week over a period of about 4 hours per night @ the approximate equivalent of 5% ABV beers. Doesn't exactly fall into the "light drinking" category for the normal person!
Prior to naltrexone I was drinking up to 5 IPA's (or equivalent of wine), which now seem ridiculously strong. Basically, I was very drunk most nights.
I have a long, steep hill to climb. Patience isn't top on my list of strengths - I much prefer unrealistic and immediate results! But I am committed to no alcohol without nal and hopeful this will help me.
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