Vivitrol FAQ

How do I know if Vivitrol is right for me?

Vivitrol is a safe and effective means of treating opioid addiction. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Vivitrol is injected once monthly and is able to prevent relapse once an individual has cleared their system of substances like morphine, heroin, or prescription pain medications. If an individual is still consuming opioids or is in the throes of withdrawal, he or she will not be prescribed Vivitrol. In addition, if an individual is allergic to the main ingredient in Vivitrol (naltrexone), he or she will also not be prescribed this medication.

If you or someone you love is looking into a medication assisted treatment program that offers Vivitrol, it is imperative that you speak with a provider so that he or she can help you determine if Vivitrol is the right medication for you.

Can I become addicted to Vivitrol?

Since Vivitrol is highly controlled and only administered by a professional, it is unlikely that it can cause addiction. While individuals are on Vivitrol, they are monitored by professionals who can be sure they are receiving the proper dosages.

Will Vivitrol show up on a drug screening?

Like other medications that are used within a medication assisted treatment program, Vivitrol will not show up on a standard drug test. There are specialized drug tests that can detect Vivitrol, however they are not commonly used. If an individual is abusing other opioids while on Vivitrol, the substance or substances that are being abused will come up positive on a test.

How long will I need to be on Vivitrol?

Vivitrol has been proven to be safe and effective for both short- and long-term use, which is a plus because individuals can stay on Vivitrol for as little or as long as they need based on their treatment goals. For example, while some individuals will continue to receive Vivitrol injections for a long time, others might only use it for a few months. Most medical professionals will recommend that Vivitrol be used for at least one year.

When speaking to a physician about Vivitrol injections within a medication assisted treatment program, it can be beneficial to also discuss how long you might remain on Vivitrol.

Does Vivitrol interact with other drugs or medications?

The use of Vivitrol can cause negative interactions. While using Vivitrol, it is imperative that you avoid the use of alcohol or other opioids for the duration of your treatment. If you are taking Vivitrol within a medication assisted treatment program, you should always disclose all over-the-counter medications, herbal supplements, and vitamins that you are taking to avoid any dangerous interactions.

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

When you receive a Vivitrol injection, the medication will stay active in your body for one full month. Since this medication is extended-release, which means you cannot simply stop or switch to another medication without speaking to a medical professional first. If you take this medication but would like to switch to another, it is best for you to speak with your treatment provider to talk about your treatment options.

What is the cost for Vivitrol treatment?

At East Wisconsin Comprehensive Treatment Centers, the cost of Vivitrol treatment can vary depending on a number of things, including the services that you obtain in addition to this medication. To learn more about what you might pay for treatment, contact one of our intake experts today.

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