Vivitrol (Naltrexone) Injections Q&A
What are Vivitrol injections?
Vivitrol is the brand name for naltrexone. It’s an injection that’s designed to help people who have already detoxed from opioids to minimize cravings and stay free of their addiction. It’s a naloxone-based, extended-release medication, meaning you can get this shot once a month for a full month of cravings reduction.
Vivitrol works by creating a barrier around the opioid receptors in your brain. The naloxone binds to the receptors, preventing other opioids from having an effect. This minimizes cravings for opioids, helping you maintain control over your addiction long-term.
You get Vivitrol injections once a month for as long as you and Dr. Yee decide is necessary to help you stay away from opioids.
What is the difference between Vivitrol and Suboxone®?
If you’ve looked into medications to help you stay off opioids, you’ve probably heard of Suboxone. This is a film you put under your tongue once a day. It combines buprenorphine and naloxone to bind to the same brain receptors that other opioids — and Vivitrol — do. Because the Suboxone binds tightly to those receptors, other opiates can’t trigger feelings of euphoria. This helps people want them less, making cravings more manageable.
The problem? Suboxone is an agonist, meaning it still activates those opioid receptors. As a result, it’s common for patients to rely on Suboxone long-term to keep themselves feeling normal. Vivitrol, on the other hand, is an antagonist. It prevents anything else from attaching to those opioid receptors, delivering the same cravings reduction without the risk of addiction.
What’s more, you only have to worry about getting your Vivitrol injection once a month, while Suboxone requires that you remember to take your medication daily to be most effective.
Can Vivitrol help before I have detoxed from opioids?
No. In fact, Vivitrol is specifically contraindicated for patients who are currently opioid-dependent. But don’t worry. Dr. Yee and the team at Rapid Opioid Detox Clinic specialize in fast, safe, highly effective opioid detox. They can accomplish your detox in just eight hours, after which you can safely use Vivitrol to prevent relapse.
If you’re interested in learning more about how Vivitrol can help you keep opioid cravings at bay for good, call Rapid Opioid Detox Clinic, or make your appointment online today.