What is Vivitrol?

Vivitrol is a non addictive injectable medication prescribed by a doctor used to assist people from discontinuing the use of alcohol and opioids such as heroin and pain pills.  Vivitrol is an antagonist medication that blocks opioid receptors in the brain  for 28-30 days at a time by decreasing or eliminating cravings  and blocking the effect when used.


How Is Vivitrol Used?

Vivitrol is injected into the muscle in the buttocks once a month by a physician or qualified medical professional.  Once injected into the body, Vivitrol remains in the system for 30 days and cannot be removed.   It is important to always carry information alerting healthcare professionals in the event of an emergency that you are prescribed Vivitrol so that you an receive appropriate treatment in the event of an emergency.  Due to the blocking agent in Vivitrol, opioid medications will not be effective withe managing pain.  Regional analgesia and non opioid analgesics can be used to address pain issues


How do I get Vivitrol?

Vivitrol is prescribed by a Doctor and can be picked up from a pharmacy or delivered to your healthcare provider who will schedule your next appointment for injection.


Does Vivitrol Have any Risks?

Yes. One serious risk of Vivitrol use is opioid or alcohol overdose.  Attempting to overcome the blocking effect by consuming extremely large doses of opioids or alcohol can result in overdose, alcohol poisoning, coma or death.  Vivitrol use can result in increased sensitivity to lower amounts of alcohol or opioids increasing the risk of overdose.


Does Vivitrol have Side Effects?

Yes.  Vivitrol can cause:

  • Intense Pain

  • Lumps

  • Blisters

  • Swelling

  • Hardness

  • An open wound

  • Dark scab

Vivitrol can also cause sudden opioid withdrawal.  Therefore it is important to ensure that all opioid use is discontinued for at least 7 to 14 days prior to beginning Vivitrol treatment.  Although the side effects are rare, they can occur.  It is important to notify a Doctor if any side effects are experienced.