How does Selincro work
This medicine is prescribed for patients who wish to reduce their alcohol intake. It works in the brain by reducing the urge to drink, and making the sensation of drinking less enjoyable.
How to take Selincro
The dose is one tablet to be taken when needed, up to once a day. This should ideally be one to two hours before you anticipate having any alcohol but if you have already had a drink, take the tablet as soon as possible. The tablet can be taken with or without food.
Is Selincro suitable for me?
Before you are prescribed Selincro, the doctor will assess your level of alcohol dependence and alcohol consumption, and you will be asked to keep a diary of your alcohol intake over a period of two weeks. If Selincro is prescribed, you will also be required to undertake a support programme to help you change your drinking habits. This combination of the tablets and the support programme has been shown in clinical trials to have a significantly better effect than just taking the tablets on their own.
There are some situations where Selincro, like all medicines, should be used with caution or would not be recommended. For example in people who are over 65, who have liver or kidney problems, epilepsy or a history of seizures, major depression or some other psychiatric conditions, people who are taking opioid painkillers or who have taken opioids recently, who have current or recent opioid addiction, who have a recent history of acute alcohol withdrawal syndrome, and people who are allergic to any of the active or inactive ingredients.
During your consultation, it is important to tell us if you are taking any other medicines, either from your doctor or purchased from a pharmacy without a prescription. Selincro can cause problems if taken with certain other medicines, including opioid painkillers, some cough and cold remedies containing cough suppressants, diclofenac, fluconazole, medroxyprogesterone acetate, or meclofenamic (formerly known as mefenamic) acid.
You should not take Selincro if you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant, or are breast-feeding or planning to breast-feed, unless specifically advised to do so by the doctor.
It’s very important to give a full picture of your general health in the consultation, to make sure the doctor has all the information required to assess the suitability of Selincro for you.
What are the side effects of Selincro?
Like all medicines, Selincro can cause side effects, although not everybody will experience them.
Side effects that are considered to be common include nausea, dizziness, insomnia, and headaches. These are usually mild or moderate and of short duration. Other side effects can include decreased appetite, restlessness, decreased libido, tiredness, tremor or muscle spasms, a tingling sensation in the extremities, palpitations or a rapid heartbeat, dry mouth, vomiting, excess sweating, and weight loss. If you experience any persistent or troublesome issues, you should talk to your doctor.
For a full list of potential side effects and other important information, please read the patient information leaflet provided in the pack before starting any course of treatment. The leaflet can also be viewed online here (opens in a new window)