About Vivitrol. A Treatment for Alcohol and Opioid Dependence
Making a commitment to treatment
Deciding to commit to treatment for alcohol or opioid dependence is not an easy choice, but realizing that it has to be done is the first step in the recovery process.
People who are dependent on alcohol or opioids are more likely to recover and less likely to relapse when they are treated with medicine and counseling together. Professional groups like the American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association say that adding medicine to a counseling program for dependence can help increase your chances for recovery.
A treatment plan may include:
- Visiting a healthcare provider once a month, or every 4 weeks, for an injection of VIVITROL: some people on VIVITROL treatment have had severe reactions at the site of the injection
- Attending a counseling program run by a social worker, psychotherapist, or addiction counselor
- Receiving support from a loved one, friend, family member, or sponsor who can help you adjust to life without dependence on alcohol or opioid drugs
Treatment for alcohol and opioid dependence
VIVITROL is a prescription injectable medicine used:
- To help prevent relapse to opioid dependence, after opioid detox
- To treat alcohol dependence (alcoholism)
To be effective, VIVITROL must be used with recovery programs, such as counseling.
VIVITROL effectiveness and safety was shown in a clinical study that lasted six months.
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.
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.
For more information on alcohol or opioid dependence, including treatment options, please talk with your doctor or healthcare provider. Find a treatment provider here to learn more