VIVTROL-2

  • Opioid antagonist
  • HCP-administered
  • Once-monthly injectable
  • Used with counseling
  • Non-addictive
  • Has no street value
  • Non-narcotic
  • Requires detox
 
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What is VIVITRol

VIVITROL is a prescription injectable medicine used to:

  • Treat alcohol dependence. You should stop drinking before starting VIVITROL.
  • Prevent relapse to opioid dependence, after opioid detoxification. You must stop taking opioids before you start receiving VIVITROL. 

VIVITROL is an antagonist or blocking medication:

  • Antagonists attach to opioid receptors, but do not cause the release of dopamine. They are non-addictive and do not lead to physical dependence. Antagonists create a barrier that blocks opioid molecules from attaching to opioid receptors. VIVITROL blocks opioid receptors in the brain for one month at a time, helping patients to prevent relapse to opioid dependence, following detox, while they focus on counseling. Patients must detox before starting Vivitrol.
  • Vivitrol is not right for everyone. Discuss all benefits and risks with a doctor.
  • Before starting Vivitrol, you must be opioid-free for a minimum of 7-14 days to avoid sudden opioid withdrawal.To be effective, VIVITROL must be used with other alcohol or drug recovery programs such as counseling.

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References:

  1. Kosten TR, George TP. The neurobiology of opioid dependence: implications for treatment | Sci Pract Perspect. 2002;1(1):13-20.
  2. VIVITROL [prescribing information]. Waltham, MA: Alkermes, Inc; rev December 2015.