If you’re considering treatment with VIVITROL, you probably have questions. Use this discussion guide to help start a conversation with your healthcare provider about a recovery plan that may include VIVITROL.


  • What is the most important information I should know about VIVITROL?
  • Why do I have to detox?
  • How will my injections be scheduled?
  • What type of counseling is best for me?
  • What should I know about the possible side effects?
  • Where do I go to get my injections?
  • Can I take my other medications while on VIVITROL?
  • Do you have any patients who are on VIVITROL?
  • Am I eligible for savings programs to help pay for VIVITROL?

Be sure to read and understand the Medication Guide before starting treatment with VIVITROL.


Tell your healthcare provider about all your medical conditions, including if you:

  • Have liver problems
  • Use opioid-containing medications
  • Use or abuse street (illegal) drugs
  • Have hemophilia or other bleeding problems
  • Have kidney problems
  • Take any medications, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, or herbal supplements
  • Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if VIVITROL will harm your unborn baby.
  • Are breastfeeding. It is not known if VIVITROL passes into your milk or if it can harm your baby. Naltrexone, the active ingredient in VIVITROL, is the same ingredient in tablets taken by mouth that contain naltrexone. Naltrexone from tablets passes into breast milk. Talk to your healthcare provider about whether you will breastfeed or take VIVITROL. You should not do both.
  • Have any other medical condition


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. Opioid withdrawal symptoms may happen when you have been taking opioid-containing medicines or opioid street drugs regularly and then stop.
  • Are allergic to naltrexone or any of the ingredients in VIVITROL or the liquid used to mix VIVITROL

VIVITROL has not been studied in children under the age of 18 years.

VIVITROL is not right for everyone. There are significant risks from VIVITROL treatment, including risk of opioid overdose, severe reaction at the injection site and sudden opioid withdrawal.
See Important Safety Information below. Discuss all benefits and risks with a healthcare provider. See Prescribing Information and Medication Guide.

*Eligibility for Alkermes-Sponsored Co-pay Assistance: Offer valid only for prescriptions for FDA-approved indications. You must be at least 18 years old. If you are purchasing your VIVITROL prescriptions with benefits from Medicare, including Medicare Part D or Medicare Advantage plans; Medicaid, including Medicaid Managed Care or Alternative Benefit Plans (“ABPs”) under the Affordable Care Act; Medigap; Veterans Administration (“VA”); Department of Defense (“DoD”); TriCare®; or any similar state funded programs such as medical or pharmaceutical assistance programs, you are not eligible for this offer. Void where prohibited by law, taxed or restricted. Alkermes, Inc. reserves the right to rescind, revoke, or amend these offers without notice.