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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.This means that if you take opioids or opioid-containing medicines, you must stop taking them before you start receiving 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.This means that if you take opioids or opioid-containing medicines, you must stop taking them before you start receiving VIVITROL. See “What is the most important information I should know about VIVITROL?”To be effective, treatment with VIVITROL must be used with other alcohol or drug recovery program such as counseling. VIVITROL may not work for everyone.It is not known if VIVITROL is safe and effective in children.

THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT VIVITROL:

  • Opioid blocker
  • Must be administered by a healthcare provider
  • Once-monthly injection
  • Used with counseling
  • Non-addictive and not a narcotic
  • Requires opioid detox of 7–14 days prior to start of treatment

What is the most important information I should know about VIVITROL?

Anyone who receives a VIVITROL injection must not use any type of opioid (must be opioid-free) including street drugs, prescription pain medicines, cough, cold, or diarrhea medicines that contain opioids, or opioid dependence treatments, buprenorphine or methadone, for at least 7 to 14 days before starting VIVITROL. Using opioids in the 7 to 14 days before you start receiving VIVITROL may cause you to suddenly have symptoms of opioid withdrawal when you get the VIVITROL injection.

Sudden opioid withdrawal can be severe, and you may need to go to the hospital.

You must be opioid-free before receiving VIVITROL, unless your healthcare provider decides that you don’t need to go through detox first. Instead, your doctor may decide to give your VIVITROL injection in a medical facility that can treat you for sudden opioid withdrawal.

  • VIVITROL is injected by a healthcare provider, about 1 time each month.
  • VIVITROL must be injected by a healthcare provider. Do not attempt to inject yourself with VIVITROL. Serious reaction, some that may require hospitalization, might happen.
  • VIVITROL is given as an injection into a muscle in your buttocks using a special needle that comes with VIVITROL.

See Med Guide for more information.

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