Vivitrol FAQ

How do I know if Vivitrol is right for me?

Vivitrol is a safe option for treating opioid addiction, as its effectiveness has been proven and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved its use. This medication, injected once monthly, can help prevent relapse after an individual has fully detoxed from opioids. Vivitrol will not be prescribed to someone who is still taking opioids or is having withdrawal symptoms after stopping use of opioids. In addition, if the individual is allergic to naltrexone, the main ingredient in Vivitrol, he or she cannot take this medication.

If you or a loved one is considering the use of a medication assisted treatment program, speak with your healthcare provider to determine if Vivitrol might be a potential option.

Can I become addicted to Vivitrol?

It is highly unlikely that you will become addicted to Vivitrol, primarily because it is only administered once a month. Professionals monitor the use of this medication and its dosage at all times. The injection is only available through a medical professional.

Will Vivitrol show up on a drug screening?

Vivitrol will not show up on an average drug screening test, just like other medications used in medication assisted treatment programs. There are drug screening tests designed to recognize the presence of Vivitrol, however if you are on this medication, you are likely taking it legally, so there should be no concern about consequences.

How long will I need to be on Vivitrol?

Each individual’s unique treatment needs will help determine the length of time that he or she remains on Vivitrol. Vivitrol is proven to be safe for both short-term and long-term use, meaning that while some might only take it for a few months, others might take it for a few years. It is recommended that Vivitrol be taken for at least one year in conjunction with counseling.

It can be extremely helpful to discuss the length of time an individual is projected to be on Vivitrol prior to taking this medication.

Does Vivitrol interact with other drugs and medications?

Vivitrol, like many other medications, can cause dangerous interactions when taken with other medications. Therefore, while you are taking Vivitrol, it is recommended that you avoid alcohol and other opioids. Also, it is critical that you remain transparent with your doctor in regards to the over-the-counter medications, herbal supplements, and vitamins that you might be taking to avoid adverse effects.

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

A Vivitrol injection will remain present in the body for one month. Because of these extended-release properties, Vivitrol cannot be stopped suddenly. If you wish to make a switch, you must consult with your doctor first.

What is the cost for Vivitrol treatment?

At Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, Vivitrol costs can vary. To learn more about how much you might pay for Vivitrol treatment, contact one of our intake specialists today.

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