Nurontin (Methylnaltrexone Bromide) is an opioid antagonist approved to treat chronic pain. Nurontin is a synthetic drug which has been used off-label to treat alcohol dependence and opioid addiction, but this use should be done under medical supervision as there have not been any studies to support these uses.
The chemical name of Nurontin 600 mg medication is methylnaltrexone bromide 4005-NDC 1215-4067-8, and it has a molecular formula of C21H28BrN2O3.
Methylnaltrexone bromide (also known as naltrexone) is an opioid antagonist that blocks the effects of opioids on the brain. It’s used to treat narcotic addiction or alcohol dependence in people who have been addicted for at least one month and have tried other treatments without success. Methylnaltrexone belongs to a class of chemicals called synthetic, orally active narcotic antagonists (OANARs), which are used to treat severe pain, including cancer pain and neuropathic pain.
Methylnaltrexone also has other uses as it’s an NMDA antagonist. This means it has no effect on glutamate receptors in the brain but does block their activity by blocking voltage-gated sodium channels.