Naltrexone/Vivitrol is not an opioid, is not addictive, and does not cause withdrawal symptoms with stop of use. Naltrexone/Vivitrol blocks the euphoric and sedative effects of opioids such as heroin, morphine, and codeine. Naltrexone/Vivitrol binds and blocks opioid receptors, and reduces and suppresses opioid cravings. There is no abuse and diversion potential with naltrexone.
Vivitrol/Naltrexone for Alcohol Use Disorder
When starting naltrexone for Alcohol Use Disorder, patients must not be physically dependent on alcohol or other substances. To avoid strong side effects such as nausea and vomiting, practitioners typically wait until after the alcohol detox process before administering naltrexone.
Naltrexone binds to the endorphin receptors in the body, and blocks the effects and feelings of alcohol. Naltrexone reduces alcohol cravings and the amount of alcohol consumed. Once a patient stops drinking, taking naltrexone helps patients maintain their sobriety.
Treating Alcohol Dependence with Vivitrol/Naltrexone and Counseling
When used as part of a treatment plan that includes counseling, Vivitrol/Naltrexone can help reduce heavy drinking days.
If my healthcare provider is considering Vivitrol/Naltrexone treatment for my alcohol dependence, do I need to tell my healthcare provider that I take opioids?
Yes. If you are being treated for alcohol dependence but also use or are addicted to opioid-containing medicines or illicit opioids, it is important that you tell your healthcare provider before starting Vivitrol/Naltrexone to avoid having sudden opioid withdrawal symptoms when you start Vivitrol/Naltrexone treatment. Know the medications you take and always inform your doctor and pharmacists of the medications that you take.
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