Vivitrol has the approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in opioid addiction treatment programs. Given to patients via injection once monthly, Vivitrol is effective in preventing relapse once an individual has stopped abusing opioids like morphine, prescription painkillers, and heroin. If an individual is still battling with opioid abuse or is going through withdrawal symptoms after stopping opioid use, he or she will most likely not be prescribed Vivitrol as a part of his or her medication-assisted 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 someone you love is contemplating the use of medication to help jump start the recovery process from opioid addiction, speak with a provider who can help you or your loved one determine if this is the most appropriate form of care.
Vivitrol is a highly controlled substance, as it is only administered by professionals. As it is a non-opioid, Vivitrol is unlikely to cause an individual to become dependent on it. Professionals remain vigilant of the dosages provided to the patient to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the medication and, therefore, it is highly unlikely that an individual will develop an addiction to Vivitrol.
Similar to other medications provided in medication-assisted treatment programs, Vivitrol will not show up on the standard drug test. There are tests out there that can detect the presence of Vivitrol in a person’s system, but they are rarely utilized. If an individual is abusing other substances outside of Vivitrol, he or she could test positive for those.
The period of time that you will spend on Vivitrol will depend on your own treatment needs. Vivitrol is safe to take either short- or long-term, which means that some patients will continue to take it for a few months, while others take it for longer. Most medical professionals will recommend obtaining Vivitrol injections for at least one year.
Using Vivitrol in conjunction with other drugs or medications can lead to negative interactions. While taking Vivitrol, it is important that you abstain from the use of illicit drugs (such as opioids), as well as the use of alcohol. In addition, those who are obtaining Vivitrol within a medication-assisted treatment program should tell their provider about any prescription or over-the-counter medications, herbal supplements, or vitamins that they are taking to avoid any negative drug interactions.
Vivitrol will remain in a patient’s body for one full month, as it is an extended-release medication. Therefore, a patient cannot simply stop his or her medication without the help of a medical professional. If after starting a Vivitrol regimen, you feel as though you no longer require this medication or would like to try another treatment option, it is important that you discuss this decision with your doctor first.
At Baton Rouge Comprehensive Treatment Center, the cost of Vivitrol treatment will depend on a number of factors. To obtain more information on how much you might pay for Vivitrol and the other therapeutic services we offer, please contact one of our intake professionals right now.