Given via injection once monthly, Vivitrol is a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved medication used to treat opioid addiction. Vivitrol aids patients who are addicted to opioids, such as prescription pain relievers, morphine, and heroin, by reducing the symptoms associated with withdrawal. Should a patient still be using opioids, he or she will not be prescribed Vivitrol due to the dangerous side effects that can take place. Since Vivitrol utilizes naltrexone as its main active ingredient, patients who are allergic to naltrexone will be prescribed a different medication.
If you or someone you love is considering a treatment program that utilizes Vivitrol to help overcome an addiction to opioids, please speak to one of our highly qualified medical professionals to determine if Vivitrol is the correct medication for your specific needs.
Since Vivitrol is given via injection in an extremely controlled manner under the supervision of a medical professional, as well as the fact that Vivitrol is a non-opioid, it is extremely unlikely that a patient will become addicted to this medication.
As is the case with other medications prescribed within a medication assisted treatment program, Vivitrol will not cause a positive result during a drug screen, as a specific test is required to detect the presence of Vivitrol within a person’s system. However, should a patient attempt to abuse opioids or other substances during treatment, a positive result will show up on a drug screen.
The length of time that a patient remains on Vivitrol for will be dependent on his or her individual treatment requirements. Since Vivitrol has been proven safe for both short and long-term use, patients are able to remain on Vivitrol as long as deemed appropriate by their medical team. Many physicians suggest receiving Vivitrol for at least twelve months while simultaneously receiving counseling services.
Patients who are considering Vivitrol as a part of their treatment plans are advised to speak with their physician prior to the first injection to learn more about their individual length of treatment as well as what can be expected.
As is the case with other medications, there is a risk of interaction when other medications are combined with Vivitrol. Because of this, it is important for patients to refrain from taking any over-the-counter medications, prescriptions, or herbal supplements until they are able to speak to their physician regarding any potential side effects that may take place. Patients are also advised to refrain from using opioids and consuming alcohol for the duration of treatment.
Since Vivitrol will remain in a patient’s system for a month after injected, patients are unable to abruptly cease use or transition onto a different medication. Should a patient wish to transition onto a different medication or cease the use of Vivitrol, he or she must first speak with his or her prescribing physician.
The cost of treatment at Claymont Comprehensive Treatment Center can vary between patients due to the highly individualized care that we offer. Our dedicated intake team is available to answer any questions that you may have concerning the price and use of Vivitrol.