Which medications in the drug class Opioid antagonists are used in the treatment of Cholestasis?

Updated: Aug 09, 2017
  • Author: Hisham Nazer, MBBCh, FRCP, DTM&H; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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Opioid antagonists

These agents are used to alleviate pruritus caused by cholestasis. They block opioid-mediated pathways of afferent nerves, which may be producing the itching sensation.

Naltrexone (ReVia)

Cyclopropyl derivative of oxymorphone that acts as a competitive antagonist at opioid receptors. Do not administer this medication until the patient is opioid-free for 7-10 d. Available as 50-mg tab.


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