VIVITROL is a prescription injectable medicine used to1:
Treat alcohol dependence. You should stop drinking before starting VIVITROL
Prevent relapse to opioid dependence, after opioid detoxification
This means that if you take opioids or opioid-containing medicines, you must stop taking them before you start receiving VIVITROL. See "What is the most important information I should know about VIVITROL?"2
To be effective, treatment with VIVITROL must be used with other alcohol or drug recovery programs such as counseling. VIVITROL may not work for everyone.2
It is not known if VIVITROL is safe and effective in children.2
VIVITROL is not right for everyone. There are significant risks from VIVITROL treatment, including risk of opioid overdose, severe reaction at the injection site, sudden opioid withdrawal, liver damage, or hepatitis.
Talk to your healthcare provider about naloxone, a medicine that is available to patients for the emergency treatment of an opioid overdose.
Call 911 or get emergency medical help right away in all cases of known or suspected opioid overdose, even if naloxone is administered.
If you are being treated for alcohol dependence but also use or are addicted to opioid-containing medicines or opioid street drugs, it is important that you tell your healthcare provider before starting VIVITROL to avoid having sudden opioid withdrawal symptoms when you start VIVITROL treatment.