Vivitrol Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Vivitrol is right for me?

Vivitrol, approved for use in treating opioid addiction, is a safe option for those looking to overcome their abusive patterns. Given once monthly through injection, Vivitrol works to prevent relapse as soon as an individual has fully detoxed from substances such as morphine, prescription pain medications, and heroin. Should an individual be experiencing withdrawal symptoms or is still using opioids, he or she will not be prescribed Vivitrol as a part of their medication treatment plan. In addition, if an individual is allergic to the primary ingredient in Vivitrol (naltrexone), he or she will not be prescribed this medication.

If you or a loved one is considering getting help for an opioid addiction through a medication assisted treatment program that offers Vivitrol, speak with a treatment provider to determine in Vivitrol is the type of medication you or your loved one would benefit from.

Can I become addicted to Vivitrol?

Vivitrol is a highly controlled medication, as it is only given via injection on a once monthly basis by a medical professional. In addition, it is a non-opioid, non-addictive medication. Therefore, it is unlikely that an individual will develop an addiction to Vivitrol.

Will Vivitrol show up on a drug screening?

Vivitrol, like other medications utilized in medication assisted treatment programs, will not turn a standard drug test positive. However, there are specific drug tests that can detect Vivitrol, but those who conduct drug screening tests do not typically utilize these tests. It is still possible for individuals to test positive for other substances if they are abusing them while on Vivitrol.

How long will I need to be on Vivitrol?

The length of time that an individual remains on Vivitrol depends solely on his or her specific needs. This medication is proven effective and safe for use (both short-term and long-term), and as a result, individuals will sometimes get their injections for a few months, while others do so for longer. Most professionals will recommend taking Vivitrol for at least one year in addition to receiving counseling services.

When talking about Vivitrol injections as a part of a medication assisted treatment plan, discuss the possible length of time that one might remain on the medication prior to the first injection.

Does Vivitrol interact with other drugs or medications?

Yes, Vivitrol can cause negative side effects when combined with other medications, drugs, or alcohol. It is recommended that while taking Vivitrol, an individual abstains from using alcohol or other opioids to avoid these side effects. In addition, those who take Vivitrol as a part of a medication assisted treatment program should also disclose any over-the-counter medications, herbal supplements, or vitamins that he or she is taking prior to beginning a Vivitrol treatment regimen.

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

When an individual obtains a Vivitrol injection, the medication will stay in his or her system for one full month. Since Vivitrol has extended-release properties, it is not possible for an individual to suddenly switch from Vivitrol to another medication without speaking with his or her physician first.

What is the cost for Vivitrol treatment?

At Inland Empire Comprehensive Treatment Centers, the cost of Vivitrol can vary from patient to patient. To learn more about how much you might pay for injections and/or therapeutic services, please contact one of our intake specialists today.