Vivitrol Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Vivitrol is right for me?

Vivitrol has received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for the treatment of opioid addiction. This medication is injected once monthly, and works to help avoid relapse in those individuals who have successfully detoxed from opioids like heroin, prescription painkillers, or morphine. Vivitrol will typically not be prescribed to an individual who is having withdrawal symptoms or is still using opioids. In addition, if an individual is allergic to naltrexone, which is the main ingredient in Vivitrol, he or she will not be provided with this medication.

If you or someone you care for is interested in recovering from an opioid addiction via a medication assisted treatment program that offers Vivitrol, be sure to talk with a physician who is well informed on Vivitrol and can help determine if it is the right medication for you.

Can I become addicted to Vivitrol?

Vivitrol is administered in a highly controlled environment, and it is not an opioid. Therefore, the likelihood that an individual will develop an addiction to Vivitrol is slim. In addition, medical professionals monitor all injections, and Vivitrol is only available through their supervision.

Will Vivitrol show up on a drug screening?

Like many other medications that are utilized in medication assisted treatment programs, Vivitrol will not show up on a standard drug test. There are, however, specific drug screens that can detect the presence of Vivitrol, but those types of screens are generally not used. If an individual is abusing other substances while on Vivitrol, however, those substances will appear on the drug screen.

How long will I need to be on Vivitrol?

Each individual is going to use Vivitrol at his or her own pace, as the length of time that it will be administered will be dependent on his or her needs. It is important to know that Vivitrol is safe to use for both short and long periods of time, and that individuals may take it for as little or for as long as they need to. However, it is highly recommended that Vivitrol be taken for one complete year in conjunction with receiving therapy.

When talking about incorporating Vivitrol into an individual’s treatment plan, it is beneficial to discuss the possible length of time that it will be taken with a medical professional.

Does Vivitrol interact with other drugs or medications?

Vivitrol can interact with other drugs and medications. As a result, it is recommended that an individual who is on Vivitrol abstain from drinking alcohol or taking other opioids. In addition, individuals who are part of a medication assisted treatment program that utilizes Vivitrol should always disclose all prescription and over-the-counter medications that they are taking, along with any vitamins and herbal supplements that are being consumed, to their physicians prior to the first Vivitrol injection.

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 substance will remain present in the body for one full month. As a result of the extended release properties, those taking Vivitrol cannot suddenly switch to another medication without working with a physician.

What is the cost of Vivitrol treatment?

At Maryland Comprehensive Treatment Centers, the cost of Vivitrol treatment is going to depend on a number of factors. To obtain more information on how much you might be paying for this form of treatment, as well as for therapeutic care, please contact one of our intake specialists now.