Can I just take the oral form of naltrexone?

Yes, you can. Naltrexone in the oral or injectable form does work, but there are distinct advantages to receiving a naltrexone implant. The implant releases a slow and steady dose of Naltrexone into the body over many months resulting in consistent drug levels and long lasting effective suppression of the cravings and opioid effectiveness. There are significantly fewer fluctuations in the drug levels, which tends to maintain a more reliable and steady suppression of the cravings. Most importantly, having the implant removes the critical issue of daily medication compliance typically seen in most program participants dealing with addiction. When taking naltrexone orally a program participant often skips a dose or sleeps in too late, or forgets to pack the medication on travel or may be unable to get a refill, or more commonly, may be deceived into believing that they are now in control and no longer require the medicine. Each of these scenarios illustrate how medication non-compliance often leads to relapse.