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.
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.
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.
Vivitrol is not right for everyone. People should not take Vivitrol if they:
It’s important to consult with a licensed medical professional before starting medications like Vivitrol.
If you and your doctor decide Vivitrol is right for you, here are some questions you may want to ask:
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