Naltrexone was first approved to treat opiate dependence in 1984. In 1994 it was approved to treat alcohol dependence. Vivitrol, an intra-muscular, long-acting, injectable form of naltrexone, was developed in 2005 and FDA-approved to treat alcohol dependence in 2006. It was approved to treat opiate dependence in 2010.

Frequently Asked Questions

How It works and is it safe?

Vivitrol, a safe option for opioid addiction treatment, is given via an injection once monthly. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Vivitrol can help prevent relapse in an individual who has detoxed from opioids like morphine, heroin, or prescription painkillers. Should an individual still be continuing use of opioids, or if he or she is experiencing withdrawal symptoms after stopping this type of substance abuse, he or she will not be provided with Vivitrol. In addition, an individual who is allergic to naltrexone (the primary ingredient used in Vivitrol) will not be prescribed this medication either.

If you or someone you love is looking into obtaining medication assisted treatment that provides Vivitrol for an opioid addiction, it is critical to speak with a medical professional who can help determine if this medication is the most appropriate for you or your loved one.

Can I become addicted to Vivitrol?

Vivitrol is only administered by medical professionals. Because of this, those who receive Vivitrol injections are not likely to abuse it. Additionally, because Vivitrol is non-addictive, this medication is not considered to be habit-forming.

Will Vivitrol show up on a drug screening?

Like other medications that are used within medication assisted treatment programs, Vivitrol will not cause a standard drug screen to test positive. There are specific drug tests that can pick up the presence of Vivitrol, however they are typically used by entities who provide these specific drug screens. If an individual does take one of these specific tests, he or she will test positive. Lastly, if a person abuses other substances while taking Vivitrol, those substances will also cause a standard drug test to result in a positive.

How long will I need to be on Vivitrol?

The period of time that you spend on Vivitrol will depend on your own personal needs. Vivitrol is a safe medication for both short- and long-term use, so some individuals will take it for a few months, while others might take it for over a year. It is recommended that an individual continues to receive Vivitrol injections for at least one full year in conjunction with therapeutic interventions in order to experience the most positive treatment outcome.

When talking about Vivitrol as a part of an individual’s treatment plan at a medication assisted treatment program, it is imperative to talk about the potential length of time that one might remain on it with a medical professional prior to the first injection.

Does Vivitrol interact with other drugs or medications?

Yes, when combined with certain medications or drugs, Vivitrol can be dangerous. Those who are taking Vivitrol are warned against consuming alcohol and opioids for the length of time that they are on this medication. In addition, those who take Vivitrol should tell a medical professional about all vitamins, over-the-counter medications, herbal supplements, or prescription medications that they are consuming to avoid negative interactions.

What if I no longer wish to take Vivitrol? Can I stop or switch to a different medication?

One Vivitrol injection will last a full month. Since this medication has extended-release properties, an individual cannot immediately stop or switch to a different medication without first speaking to a medical professional. Once Vivitrol is no longer in a person’s system, an alternative medication can be taken or a person can remain medication-free for the remainder of treatment.

What is the cost of Vivitrol treatment?

The cost of Vivitrol treatment can vary based on the services that are rendered to you. To learn more about the potential cost of Vivitrol and about the high quality treatment we offer, please contact one of our intake specialists today.

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