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Vivitrol is a brand name for the medication naltrexone. It is used to help prevent relapse in individuals who have successfully completed opioid detoxification or alcohol detoxification programs. Vivitrol is classified as an opioid receptor antagonist, meaning it blocks the effects of opioids in the brain and reduces the desire to use opioids or alcohol.

Vivitrol is administered as a once-monthly injection and is intended to be part of a comprehensive treatment program that includes counselling and other support services. It should only be prescribed by a healthcare professional experienced in the treatment of opioid or alcohol dependence.

By blocking the effects of opioids, Vivitrol can reduce the euphoria and sedation associated with opioid use, making it less appealing and helping to prevent relapse. Similarly, for alcohol dependence, Vivitrol can reduce the pleasurable effects of alcohol, discouraging alcohol consumption.

It’s important to note that Vivitrol should only be used after a period of opioid or alcohol detoxification, as it can precipitate withdrawal symptoms if taken while opioids or alcohol are still in the system.

Vivitrol is not a cure for opioid or alcohol dependence, but it can be a helpful tool as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. It is important to engage in counselling and support services along with Vivitrol treatment to address the underlying issues contributing to addiction.

As with any medication, Vivitrol can have side effects, including injection site reactions, liver problems, and opioid withdrawal symptoms if opioids are used during treatment. It’s essential to discuss any concerns or potential interactions with other medications with your healthcare provider before starting Vivitrol.

If you have any specific questions or concerns about Vivitrol or its use, it is recommended to consult with your healthcare provider. They can provide you with personalised information and guidance based on your individual needs and circumstances.

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