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Yes, Naltrexone has been shown to reduce alcohol cravings in people with alcohol use disorder. The medication works by blocking the effects of opioids and endorphins in the brain, which are associated with the pleasurable effects of alcohol and the craving for it. By reducing the craving for alcohol, Naltrexone can help people reduce their drinking or maintain abstinence.

Studies have found that Naltrexone can be effective in reducing alcohol cravings in people with alcohol use disorder. For example, a randomized controlled trial found that Naltrexone was more effective than placebo at reducing alcohol craving in heavy drinkers. Another study found that Naltrexone reduced the urge to drink in people with alcohol dependence.

It is important to note that Naltrexone should be used in combination with other forms of treatment, such as counseling or support groups, to achieve the best outcomes in the treatment of alcohol use disorder. It is also important to talk to a healthcare provider to determine if Naltrexone is right for you and to discuss potential side effects and drug interactions.