Opioid and/or Alcohol dependence can be very challenging, but you are not alone. After opioid detoxification if applicable, VIVITROL and counseling may help prevent relapse to opioid dependence and/or alcohol dependence.
What is VIVITROL?
Vivitrol is a brand-name injectable form of Naltrexone that can be used to help patients stay sober while recovering from an opioid or alcohol addiction. Other Naltrexone formulations are available as oral tablets, but Vivitrol is given as an intramuscular injection once a month.
Before you start taking VIVITROL, you must stop consuming opioids. VIVITROL must be used in conjunction with other alcohol or drug treatment programs, such as counseling, to be effective. VIVITROL may not be suitable for all people. VIVITROL is not known to be safe or effective in children.
How Does VIVITROL Work?
Naltrexone, in all of its forms, works by preventing the euphoria and sedation that central nervous system depressants, such as alcohol and opioids, can generate. Instead of intoxicating drugs, the medicine binds to opioid receptor sites and acts as an opioid antagonist, staying there for a long period. When someone who is taking naltrexone as recommended relapses, the medicine will not bind to opioid receptor sites, therefore there will be no high associated with consuming the substance after detox.
Who Should not Receive VIVITROL?
Do not receive VIVITROL if you:
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider before Receiving VIVITROL?
Before you receive VIVITROL, tell your healthcare provider if you:
What are Other Possible Serious Side Effects of VIVITROL?
VIVITROL has a number of potentially dangerous adverse effects, including:
Vivitrol injections are used to prevent relapse in people who have become addicted to opioids and then stopped taking them. Naltrexone can help people to avoid feeling the desire to take opioids.
Vivitrol injection is also used to treat alcoholism by decreasing the desire to consume alcohol. This may assist someone in drinking less or refraining from drinking entirely. Patients should not consume alcohol before receiving their first naltrexone injection.
Vivitrol is not a long-term solution for drug or alcohol addiction.
IHAT helps people overcome addiction and substance dependency with personalized care alongside traditional and non-traditional treatments.
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