WHAT IS VIVITROL SHOT?
VIVITROL is employed to help in addressing the dependence on alcohol and opioid substances. Opioid and alcohol dependence are chronic, relapsing brain diseases that can be devastating both physically and psychologically. While counseling can help patients work through the psychological aspects of dependence, medical may help address physical changes in the brain. VIVITROL has remained the first and once-monthly, non-addictive medication-assisted treatment option for opioid and alcohol dependence and overdependence.
VIVITROL or naltrexone blocks the effect of opioid medication, including pain relief or feelings of well-being that can result in opioid abuse. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic. VIVITROL is used as part of a treatment program for drug or alcohol independence.
VIVITROL injection is used to prevent relapse in people who became independent on opioid medicine and then stopped using it. Naltrexone can help keep you from feeling a need to use the opioid. VIVITROL injection is used to treat alcoholism by reducing your urge to drink alcohol. This may help you drink less or stop drinking eventually. Naltrexone will not decrease the effect of alcohol recently consumed. This is why you should not be drinking at the time you are receiving your first VIVITROL injection. It is worthy of note here that naltrexone is definitely not a cure for drug addiction or alcoholism.
BEFORE RECEIVING VIVITROL
You are strictly warned not to receive VIVITROL injection if you still use opioid medicine or there is a tendency hope that you could have sudden and severe withdrawal symptoms. You are hereby advised not to receive VIVITROL if you are allergic to naltrexone, or if:
- You are having withdrawal symptoms from drug or alcohol addiction.
- You have used opioid medicine within the past ten days (this may include fentanyl, vicodin, oxycontin and many others.
- You have used methadone or buprenorphine (Subutex, Butrans, Suboxone, Zubsolv) in the past 14 days.
To make sure you are safe when receiving VIVITROL, tell your doctor if you have liver disease, kidney disease or a bleeding or blood-clotting disorder such as hemophilia. This is because VIVITROL can lead to hepatotoxicity, a medical condition in which the liver is poisoned by a very strong chemical. Though it is not known whether VIVITROL will harm an unborn baby you can tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to get pregnancy. You should not receive VIVITROL when you are breastfeeding as naltrexone can pass into breast milk.
HOW VIVITROL IS USED?
VIVITROL is usually injected into a muscle. This injection is usually given once in a month by a doctor or a nurse in a clinic. For quick effectiveness of VIVITROL, it is advised to be received regularly.
You may notice pain, redness, bruising and swelling or a hard lump where the medicine was injected. You instantly need the attention of a physician if you develop these types of reaction to the shot especially if it does not clear up or gets worse within 2 weeks.
VIVITROL injections are only a part of a complete treatment program that mat also include additional forms of counseling or monitoring. You will need to follow your doctor’s instructions closely.
Wear a medical alert tag or carry an ID card indicating that you are using VIVITROL. Any medical care provider who treats you should be aware that you are receiving his medication. If you are to undergo surgery, tell the surgeon that you are receiving VIVITROL injections.
After receiving VIVITROL, your body will be more sensitive to opioids. If you use an opioid medicine in the future, you will need to use less than before VIVITROL treatment. Using the same amount you used before could lead to overdose which consequently leads to death.
COMMON SIDE EFFECTS OF VIVITROL
VIVITROL also has many side effects. One of the main side effects is nausea. Nausea may happen after your first VIVITROL injection and usually improves within a few days. Nausea is less likely with future injections of VIVITROL. Other side effects include but are not limited to sleepiness, headache, dizziness, vomiting, decreased appetite, painful joints, muscle cramps, cold symptoms, trouble sleeping and toothache.
Other Possible Serious side effects of VIVITROL
VIVITROL can cause serious side effects, including:
Depressed mood: Sometimes this leads to suicide, or suicidal thoughts, and suicidal behavior. Tell your family members and people closest to you that you are taking VIVITROL.
Pneumonia: Some people receiving VIVITROL treatment have had a type of pneumonia that is caused by an allergic reaction. If this happens to you, you may need to be treated in the hospital.
Serious allergic reactions: Serious allergic reactions can happen during or soon after an injection of VIVITROL. Tell your healthcare provider or get medical help right away if you have any of these symptoms: skin rash, trouble breathing or wheezing, feeling dizzy or faint, swelling of your face, eyes, mouth, or tongue and as well as chest pain.