Vivitrol Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Vivitrol is right for me?

Approved for the use of opioid addiction treatment by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Vivitrol is an extremely safe and effective option for those struggling with an addiction to opioids, such as heroin, prescription painkillers, or morphine. Given once monthly via injection, Vivitrol aids patients by preventing patients from experiencing the symptoms of withdrawal. Individuals who are allergic to naltrexone will not be given Vivitrol, as naltrexone is Vivitrol’s main active ingredient. In addition, if a patient has not ceased the use of opioids, they will not be given Vivitrol due to the dangerous side effects that can result. If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction to opioids, please contact the qualified medical team at Western Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers to learn more about Vivitrol and to determine if Vivitrol is the right treatment option for you.

Can I become addicted to Vivitrol?

Due to the administration method of Vivitrol, as well as the fact that Vivitrol is a non-opioid, it is extremely unlikely that an individual will become addicted to this medication. In addition, since medical professionals are the only ones who can administer Vivitrol, it is not likely that patients will become addicted.

Will Vivitrol show up on a drug screening?

As is the case with other medications used within Western Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers’ medication assisted treatment programs, Vivitrol will not cause individuals to test positive on a drug screen, as a specific test is required to test for Vivitrol. However, should a patient use other substances while taking Vivitrol, a positive result will result.

How long will I need to be on Vivitrol?

The length of time a patient is required to receive Vivitrol will vary depending on his or her individual needs and treatment requirements. Since Vivitrol has been proven safe and effective for both short and long-term use, some patients continue to receive monthly injections, others may transition to a different medication, or some continue treatment without the aid of medications all together. The majority of physicians suggest patients continue receiving Vivitrol for at least one year while simultaneously receiving counseling. By discussing your specific needs with your treatment provider, you will be able to gain a better understanding of the length of time in which you will benefit from using Vivitrol.

Does Vivitrol interact with other drugs or medications?

Since Vivitrol can adversely interact with other medications and drugs, it is important for patients to openly discuss other medications and drugs that they may be taking with their physician prior to starting Vivitrol. While taking Vivitrol, it is highly suggested that patients refrain from using opioids and alcohol for the duration of their treatment to avoid serious side effects. By discussing any over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements that you may be taking with your physician prior to adding Vivitrol into your treatment plan, you will be able to avoid any serious interactions.

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

Since Vivitrol remains in the body for a month due to its extended-release properties, patients are unable to abruptly switch over to another medication. Should a patient decide to change medications, they will need to work closely with their prescribing physician in order to ensure a safe transition.

What is the cost for Vivitrol treatment?

The treatment available at Southeastern Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers is extremely individualized dependent on the specific treatment requirements and health needs of each patient that walks through our doors. Because of this, the cost of treatment will vary depending on the medications prescribed, the therapeutic treatment options used, as well as the payment method utilized. Please contact one of our intake experts today to learn more about the cost of treatment and to learn if Vivitrol is the appropriate medication to incorporate into your treatment.