Vivitrol Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Vivitrol is right for me?

Prescribed to individuals who are struggling with addictions to opioids, Vivitrol is a U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved medication that eliminates the physical symptoms of withdrawal. Administered once monthly via injection, Vivitrol assists patients who are unable to break free from the dangerous cycle of opioid abuse. Patients who are still using opioids or those who are currently pregnant are unable to take Vivitrol due to the dangerous side effects that can take place.

If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction to opioids and would benefit from the use of Vivitrol, please consult with your physician in order to determine if the use of this mediation will meet your or your loved one’s unique treatment needs.

Can I become addicted to Vivitrol?

It is extremely unlikely that an individual will become addicted to Vivitrol as this medication is administered in a controlled manner under the guidance of a medical professional. In addition, Vivitrol is a non-opioid which lowers the risk of abuse.

Will Vivitrol show up on a drug screening?

Patients who are required to complete a drug screen while taking Vivitrol will not test positive. However, the use of other opioids and illicit substances will cause patients to receive a positive result should a drug screen be given during the course of treatment.

How long will I need to be on Vivitrol?

Although Vivitrol has been approved safe for both short- and long-term use, patients who begin treatment on this medication will not be required to remain on it for the rest of their lives. Many physicians will suggest that patients receive Vivitrol for at least twelve months while simultaneously receiving therapeutic services. Patients who are contemplating using Vivitrol should first consult with their treatment provider in order to determine if this medication is the appropriate fit based upon their treatment needs.

Does Vivitrol interact with other drugs or medications?

Like other medications, Vivitrol can interact with other medications and substances when they are taken at the same time. Because of this, patients should refrain from using any over-the-counter medications, prescriptions, or herbal supplements until they consult with their physician regarding any side effects that may take place. Patients are also advised to refrain from consuming opioids and alcohol when receiving Vivitrol injections.

What if I no longer wish to take Vivitrol? Can I stop or switch to a different medication?

Because Vivitrol will remain in a person’s system for one month after injection, patients are unable to abruptly cease use or transition onto a different medication until Vivitrol is completely out of their system. Patients should work closely with their physician in order to safely transition onto a new medication if it is necessary or desired.

What is the cost for Vivitrol treatment?

The treatment available through Willamette Valley Comprehensive Treatment Center is highly customized to meet the needs of each individual patient. Because of this, the final cost of care can vary between patients. To learn more about the treatment available at Willamette Valley Comprehensive Treatment Center, please contact us today.