Symptoms of alcoholism make it more difficult for some people to regularly take the prescription drug naltrexone, which could help treat their disease, a researcher at Oregon State University has found.
The finding helps researchers better understand how to intervene with patients to improve the effectiveness of the medication, said Sarah Dermody, an assistant professor in the School of Psychological Science in OSU’s College of Liberal Arts.
“The assumption is the medication is prescribed, so it’s going to work, but the patient has to take the medication in order for it to work,” Dermody said. “This tells us we need to do more than write a prescription. Having some sort of reoccurring contact with the patient is really important.”