If you are considering VIVITROL, you may have questions. The information below may help you start a conversation with your healthcare provider about a treatment plan that may include VIVITROL.
SHARE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH ALCOHOL AND TREATMENT GOALS
- On average, how many drinks do you consume each week?
- Do you strive to quit drinking entirely, or reduce your drinking? Have you considered medication and counseling?
A conversation with your Healthcare Provider about alcohol dependence will help you decide what's best for you. Download the Discussion Guide to get the conversation started.
QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
- What is the most important information I should know about VIVITROL?
- What should I know about the possible side effects?
- How will my injections be scheduled?
- What are my counseling options?
- Where do I go to get my injections?
- Can I take opioid-containing medicines while on VIVITROL?
- Am I eligible for the Co-pay Savings Program to help pay for VIVITROL?
Be sure to read and understand the Medication Guide before starting treatment with VIVITROL.
IMPORTANT THINGS TO TELL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER BEFORE GETTING VIVITROL.
Tell your healthcare provider about all your medical conditions, including if you:
- Have liver problems
- Use or abuse street (illegal) drugs
- Have hemophilia or other bleeding problems
- Have kidney problems
- Have any other medical condition
- 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
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Especially tell your healthcare provider if you take any opioid containing medicines for pain, cough or colds, or diarrhea.
WHO SHOULD NOT RECEIVE VIVITROL?
You should not receive 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.