Learn how Vivitrol® might fit into your treatment plan.
Medication assisted treatment (MAT) can use one or multiple medications to help stabilize brain function and reduce the neurological and behavioral effects of addiction. An effective medication is extended-release naltrexone, commonly known by the brand name Vivitrol.
What is Vivitrol® and is it right for me?
A qualified medical provider can prescribe Vivitrol as part of an outpatient addiction treatment plan. It is important that the medication be used in conjunction with a comprehensive treatment program, including group and individual therapy, social support services, and a mental health component when necessary.
Vivitrol reduces cravings for opioids and alcohol with extended release naltrexone that may last up to 30-days. It is an opioid antagonist administered by a medical professional via a monthly injection. It is not a narcotic and works in a different way than other addiction treatment medications. Because Vivitrol is an antagonist, it is important to be opioid free for one to two weeks before your first injection to avoid symptoms of sudden withdrawal.
HOW DOES VIVITROL EFFECT WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS?
Because Vivitrol is an antagonist, it is important to avoid opioids and alcohol for one to two weeks before the initial injection. Your medical provider may recommend another medication, such as Suboxone, until you are ready for Vivitrol. This will help minimize the impact of withdrawal symptoms.
CAN I DRINK ALCOHOL WHILE TAKING VIVITROL?
No. You should avoid alcohol while taking Vivitrol or other prescribed medications for addiction, including buprenorphine, naltrexone, and naloxone. Consumption of alcohol may result in dangerous and negative side effects.
WHERE IS VIVITROL INJECTED?
Extended release naltrexone is delivered via an intramuscular injection, usually in the buttocks. It will never be administered intravenously or subcutaneously and should only be administered as prescribed. The injection should only be done by a medical professional.
HOW LONG DOES VIVITROL LAST?
Vivitrol’s extended release factors mean that it can stay active in your body up to 30-days. Because of this, it is important not to switch medications abruptly. Adjusting your treatment plan should only be done under the supervision of a waivered medical provider.