Vivitrol FAQ

How do I know if Vivitrol is right for me?

Vivitrol, a safe option for opioid addiction treatment, is a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved medication that is administered through injection once monthly. This medication is effective in preventing relapse once an individual has stopped his or her use of or detoxed from opioids such as morphine, heroin, or prescription pain medications. If an individual is continuing to use opioids or is still battling with withdrawal symptoms once use has stopped, he or she will not be prescribed Vivitrol. In addition, some people are allergic to naltrexone, the primary ingredient in Vivitrol, and will not be eligible to receive this medication in order to avoid adverse effects.

If you or someone you care about is looking into obtaining medication assisted treatment that includes the use of Vivitrol to end opioid dependency, it is critical to have a discussion with a provider to ensure that Vivitrol is the best suited treatment option for you or your loved one.

Can I become addicted to Vivitrol?

It is highly unlikely that you will become addicted to Vivitrol, as this medication is non-addictive, highly controlled, and a non-opioid substance. Individuals can only obtain Vivitrol through a medical professional, which makes acquiring this medication for recreational purposes incredibly difficult. In addition, it is a medical professional who monitors the progress of those who are using Vivitrol, which also decreases the potential for abuse.

Will Vivitrol show up on a drug screening?

Like other medications used within medication assisted treatment programs, Vivitrol will not be detected on a standard drug screening test. There are drug tests that are designed to detect the presence of Vivitrol, however most centers that provide drug tests do not carry them. Keep in mind that even though Vivitrol will not show up on an average drug screen, opioids or other drugs will.

How long will I need to be on Vivitrol?

The period of time that you will remain on Vivitrol will depend on your own individual treatment needs. Some individuals stay on Vivitrol for a few months, while others take it for longer. Most medical professionals will recommend planning to stay on Vivitrol for at least one full year. Vivitrol is approved for both short- and long-term use.

When talking about Vivitrol as a part of your treatment plan, discuss with your physician the potential length of time that you might be on Vivitrol before you begin receiving injections.

Does Vivitrol interact with other drugs or medications?

Vivitrol possesses the potential to interact negatively with other medications or substances. It is encouraged that while taking Vivitrol you must abstain from the use of opioids or alcohol, as these combinations can be dangerous. In addition, if you are taking Vivitrol within a medication assisted treatment program, be sure to disclose all of your prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, herbal supplements, and vitamins to your physician before starting Vivitrol so the risk of adverse interactions is eliminated.

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

When you receive Vivitrol, it will stay in your system for one full month. Since this medication is extended-release, it is challenging to suddenly stop using it and/or switch to another medication. If you are interested in doing so, you must speak with your physician first.

What is the cost for Vivitrol treatment?

At Portland Comprehensive Treatment Centers, the cost of care that includes the use of Vivitrol can vary from patient to patient. To find out how much you might pay for Vivitrol injections and additional services, please contact one of our friendly intake specialists.

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