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What is Vivitrol and How Can it Help With Opioid Dependence?

Vivitrol Treatment - Vivitrol Injection

What is VIVITROL?

VIVITROL (Naltrexone) is a prescription injectable medicine used:

  • To prevent relapse to opioid dependence, after opioid detox
  • To treat alcohol dependence (alcoholism)

To be most effective, VIVITROL should be used along with recovery programs, such as counseling.

If you take opioids or opioid-containing medication, such as prescription pain medications or street drugs, you must stop these for 7-10 days before starting VIVITROL. Also, if you are currently on Suboxone Treatment such as Suboxone Film, then it is important that you stop taking Suboxone for at least 7 days before starting on Vivitrol. This can be a very challenging thing to do for many people considering Vivitrol because you will have to endure the 7-10 days of withdrawal symptoms before receiving the benefits of Vivitrol.

What Does VIVITROL Cost?

Vivitrol is taken by injection once every 30 days and varies in cost based on the level of insurance coverage each individual has. For those who do not have medical insurance or for those who’s insurance does not cover Vivitrol, it can be quite expensive running at least a few hundred dollars per month even with pharmacy and coupon discounts.

Who should not take VIVITROL?

You should not take VIVITROL if you:

  • Are using or have a physical dependence on opioid-containing medicines or opioid street drugs
  • Have opioid withdrawal symptoms
  • Are allergic to VIVITROL or any of the ingredients in the liquid used to mix VIVITROL (diluent)
  • Have taken opioid-containing medicines or opioid street drugs during the 7-10 days before you start taking VIVITROL

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Tell your doctor especially if you take any medicines for pain, cough or colds, or diarrhea that have opioids in them. Be sure to read and understand the Medication Guide before starting treatment with VIVITROL. You should stop drinking before starting VIVITROL. VIVITROL may not work for everyone. VIVITROL has not been studied in children under the age of 18 years.

VIVITROL (Naltrexone) Chemical Structure:

Vivitrol - Naltrexone Treatment

Chemical Structure of Naltrexone

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