Vivitrol

Vivitrol Treatment

Drug cravings can last for months or even years after detoxing from opioids, making it difficult to stay sober. If you or a loved one are currently addicted to opioids or are in recovery and struggling with cravings, Vivitrol may be able to help.

What is Vivitrol?

Vivitrol is the first and only non-addictive, non-habit forming, and once-monthly prescription medication that has been approved by the FDA to treat opioid dependence after detox. It comes in the form of a monthly intramuscular injection that is administered by a licensed healthcare provider into a patient’s buttocks. Vivitrol is intended to be used in tandem with a drug treatment program.

Vivitrol contains one active ingredient: naltrexone. Naltrexone has been used to treat drug cravings in opioid-dependent patients for several years and has demonstrated high rates of success.

How Does Vivitrol Treat Opioid Dependence?

Vivitrol (naltrexone) is an opioid antagonist. This means it attaches to and occupies opioid receptors without causing the release of dopamine that causes a high that is produced by other opioids. Opioid antagonists also create a barrier in the brain that blocks opioid receptors, preventing a person from getting high if they do take opioids. As a result, Vivitrol treats opioid addiction by reducing drug cravings and taking away the motivation to use opioids.

Vivitrol (naltrexone) may also be used to treat alcohol use disorder as it has been proven to reduce alcohol cravings, as well.

Patients must detox completely before they start taking Vivitrol. Vivitrol is not addictive and not habit-forming, so there is little to no risk for abuse and addiction. The injection is given on a monthly basis and the medication lasts in the body for 28-30 days. When used as part of a comprehensive treatment program that includes behavioral therapy and counseling, Vivitrol can help prevent relapse.

Who Shouldn’t Take Vivitrol?

Vivitrol is not right for everyone. People should not take Vivitrol if they:

  • Are currently using opioids or alcohol, or have a physical dependence on opioid-containing medicines or opioid street drugs, and have not completed detox yet.
  • Have opioid withdrawal symptoms.
  • Are allergic to naltrexone or any of the ingredients in Vivitrol or the liquid used to mix Vivitrol

It’s important to consult with a licensed medical professional before starting medications like Vivitrol.

Questions To Ask Your Doctor

If you and your doctor decide Vivitrol is right for you, here are some questions you may want to ask:

  • How will my injections be scheduled?
  • What type of counseling is best for me?
  • What should I know about the possible side effects?
  • Where do I go to get my injections?
  • Can I take my other medications while on Vivitrol?
  • Am I eligible for savings programs to help pay for Vivitrol?

If you or a loved one are struggling with opioid addiction, Vivitrol can help. Contact the Suboxone Treatment Clinic in Palm Beach County, Florida today to learn more.

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