- How do I know if Vivitrol is right for me?
- Can I become addicted to Vivitrol?
- Will Vivitrol show up on a drug screening?
- How long will I need to be on Vivitrol?
- Does Vivitrol interact with other drugs or medications?
- What if I no longer wish to take Vivitrol? Can I stop or switch to a different medication?
- What is the cost for Vivitrol treatment?
How do I know if Vivitrol is right for me?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Vivitrol as a safe option for treating opioid dependency. Vivitrol is a once-a-month injection that works to help prevent against relapse once an individual has detoxed from an opioid, such as heroin, morphine, or prescription pills. If opioid abuse is continuing after detox, or if an individual is battling with withdrawal symptoms after stopping opioid use, Vivitrol is less likely to be prescribed. In addition, if an individual has an allergy to naloxone, an active ingredient in Vivitrol, he or she will not be provided with this medication.
If you or someone you love is interested in recovering from an opioid dependence by seeking help from a medication assisted treatment program, be sure to speak with your provider before determining if Vivitrol is the appropriate route for you.
Can I become addicted to Vivitrol?
Vivitrol is a highly controlled substance that is typically only available in medication assisted treatment programs. Therefore, it is unlikely that you will become addicted to Vivitrol. In addition to its limited availability, Vivitrol use is closely monitored and is only available through a medical professional.
Will Vivitrol show up on a drug screening?
Like other medications utilized in a medication assisted treatment program, Vivitrol is not likely to trigger a positive result on a drug screening test. However, there are specialized drug screening tests that are designed to pick up the presence of a medication like Vivitrol. If other drugs are being abused simultaneously with Vivitrol, a positive result will be shown during a routine drug screening.
How long will I need to be on Vivitrol?
There is not a specific timeline for the use of Vivitrol, as each individual is unique in his or her own treatment needs. While Vivitrol is approved for safe short and long-term use, some individuals might use it for months, while others might use it for longer. It is recommended that Vivitrol be used for at least a year in conjunction with counseling services.
When discussing the use of Vivitrol for an individual’s medication assisted treatment plan, it is important to talk about the possible length of time that Vivitrol might be used prior to the first injection.
Does Vivitrol interact with other drugs or medications?
Mixing Vivitrol and other medication can cause negative results. If you are taking Vivitrol, it is highly recommended that you avoid both alcohol and other opioids throughout your treatment. If you are receiving Vivitrol in a medication assisted treatment program, be sure to report any and all medications (including over-the-counter medicines and vitamins) that you are using to avoid negative side effects.
What if I no longer wish to take Vivitrol? Can I stop or switch to a different medication?
Vivitrol remains in the body for a one-month period of time. Since Vivitrol contains extended-release properties, there is no safe way to abruptly switch to another medication. Any concerns, including possible switches to different medications, should always be discussed with an individual’s doctor.
What is the cost for Vivitrol treatment?
At Southern West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, the cost of Vivitrol is going to depend on a number of variables. To understand how much your treatment might potentially cost you, please contact one of our intake experts today.