Vivitrol Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Vivitrol is right for me?

Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Vivitrol is a safe option for treating an opioid addiction. Administered via injection once per month, Vivitrol is able to prevent relapse once a person has detoxed from opioids, such as heroin, morphine, or prescription pain relievers. If an individual is still using opioids or is experiencing withdrawal symptoms after ceasing the use of opioids, Vivitrol will likely not be prescribed as part of a person’s medication-assisted treatment plan. Additionally, if a person is allergic to naltrexone, the active ingredient in Vivitrol, this medication will not be given to an individual.

If you or a loved one is considering medication to begin the process of recovering from opioid dependence within a medication-assisted treatment program, it is important to speak with a knowledgeable provider to know if Vivitrol is the most appropriate treatment option to receive.

Can I become addicted to Vivitrol?

Because of the controlled manner in which Vivitrol is administered, and because this medication is a non-opioid, it is not likely that a person will develop an addiction to this medication. Medical professionals monitor the dosage given to each person and it is only through a medical professional that an individual can receive this injection.

Will Vivitrol show up on a drug screening?

As with other medications used within medication-assisted treatment programs, Vivitrol is not likely to cause a drug test to result as positive for the presence of the drug. Specific drug screens that detect Vivitrol are required in order to identify traces of this medication, though most entities who require drug testing do not utilize these screenings. However, should a person use or abuse other substances while taking Vivitrol, those substance will produce a positive result on a drug test.

How long will I need to be on Vivitrol?

The length of time a person receives treatment that includes Vivitrol will depend on that individual’s unique needs. Vivitrol is proven safe for both short and long-term use, therefore some men and women will continue to receive monthly Vivitrol injections for a few months, while others can continue this treatment option for a longer period of time. Most doctors, however, recommend receiving Vivitrol for at least a year while receiving additional counseling services.

When discussing Vivitrol injections as part of one’s treatment plan within a medication-assisted treatment program, it can be helpful to talk about the necessary length of this treatment with one’s doctor prior to receiving the first injection.

Does Vivitrol interact with other drugs or medications?

Vivitrol can negatively interact with other drugs and medications. While taking Vivitrol, it is strongly recommended that a person avoid consuming alcohol and opioids for the duration of treatment. Additionally, those receiving Vivitrol while engaged in a medication-assisted treatment program should also report any prescription or over-the-counter medications, vitamins, or herbal supplements to their doctor before beginning Vivitrol injections in order to avoid any adverse effects.

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

When a person receives a Vivitrol injection, this medication will remain in his or her body for a month. Because of this medication’s extended-release properties, an individual cannot abruptly switch from Vivitrol to another medication used to treat opioid dependence without first having a conversation with his or her doctor.

What is the cost for Vivitrol treatment?

At Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers, the cost of Vivitrol can vary. To learn more about how much you will pay for Vivitrol injections and the other therapeutic treatment options we have available, do not hesitate to contact one of our helpful intake experts.