Vivitrol FAQ

How do I know if Vivitrol is right for me?

Vivitrol is a medication that has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for safe and effective use in treating opioid addiction. This medication is provided to a patient via injection once per month, and works against relapse once an individual has completed detox from opioids like heroin, morphine, or prescription pain pills. If a patient is continually using opioids or is going through withdrawal after stopping his or her use, he or she will not receive approval for use of Vivitrol within a medication assisted treatment program. Furthermore, if a patient is allergic to naltrexone (the primary ingredient in Vivitrol), he or she will also not be prescribed this medication.

If you or someone you love is considering Vivitrol as a means of starting the process of recovery from an opioid addition, speak with an experienced provider to determine if Vivitrol is a good choice for you.

Can I become addicted to Vivitrol?

Vivitrol is highly controlled substance, as it is only administered by medical professionals and it is a non-opioid medication. For these reasons, it is highly unlikely that a patient will become addicted to Vivitrol.

Will Vivitrol show up on a drug screening?

Like other medications utilized in a medication assisted treatment program, Vivitrol will most likely not be detected on a drug test. There are specific tests created to detect the presence of Vivitrol, however most testing facilities do not use these tests. Keep in mind that should an individual take other medications or substances while on Vivitrol, they can yield a positive result for the substances being abused.

How long will I need to be on Vivitrol?

The time that you spend on Vivitrol will all depend on your own individual treatment needs. This medication is approved for both short and long-term use, so some patients might continue their injections for a few months while others keep receiving them for longer. However, most medical professionals will encourage patients to stay on Vivitrol for at least one year.

When talking incorporating Vivitrol into your treatment plan, it can be beneficial to discuss the length of time that you might be on it prior to obtaining your first injection.

Does Vivitrol interact with other drugs or medications?

Vivitrol has the potential to negatively interact with other substances or medications. If you are taking Vivitrol, it is highly recommended that you refrain from consuming alcohol and opioids. Furthermore, if you are obtaining Vivitrol while in a medication assisted treatment program, you should inform your provider about all the vitamins, over-the-counter medications, herbal supplements, and other prescription medications that you are taking prior to starting Vivitrol so you can prevent any unfavorable interactions from occurring.

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

When Vivitrol is injected, it remains active in a person’s system for one full month. Since this medication has extended release properties, an individual must work with his or her provider to make any changes to his or her medication or begin on a new one.

What is the cost for Vivitrol treatment?

At Temecula Valley Comprehensive Treatment Center, the cost of Vivitrol can vary based on a number of factors. To learn more about how much your treatment may cost you, as well as the other therapeutic elements that we provide, please reach out to our knowledgeable intake specialists today.

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