NEW DRUG – Nalmefene (Selincro®)
Nalmefene reduces the amount of alcohol that a heavy drinker will consume.
Reducing alcohol intake is a positive step towards abstinence, and nalmefene should be used in conjunction with psychosocial support to achieve this.
It is not suitable for immediate detoxification, and will not protect against alcohol withdrawal effects. Nalmefene 18mg tablets are administered as a single daily dose, on a “when required” basis, if the patient perceives the need for alcohol.
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