NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Area Drug and Therapeutics Committee
Greater Glasgow and Clyde Medicines
Medicines Update

PostScript 79 (Jan 2014) Nalmefene


We noted in the last edition that this new drug had been added to the Formulary for the for the reduction of alcohol consumption in adults with alcohol dependence who have a high drinking risk level, without physical withdrawal symptoms and who do not require immediate detoxification. Nalmefene should only be prescribed as part of a full care package including the provision of continuous psychosocial support by appropriate NHS personnel. Prescribers should consider whether a strategy of detoxification and abstinence may be more appropriate than the reduction approach offered by this medicine alongside a programme of psychosocial support.


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