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Vivitrol (Naltrexone) Injections

Victory Recovery Partners -  - Addiction Recovery

Victory Recovery Partners

Addiction Recovery located in Hempstead, Farmingville, Shirley, Hicksville and Massapequa, NY

If you suffer from alcohol dependence or opioid addiction, consider Vivitrol® (naltrexone) injections. At Victory Recovery Partners in Hempstead, Farmingville, Shirley, Hicksville, and Massapequa, New York, the addiction recovery experts offer cutting-edge treatments, including Vivitrol injections, to help people overcome substance use disorders. To make an appointment, call the nearest office or use the online booking feature today.

Vivitrol (Naltrexone) Injections Q & A

What are Vivitrol (naltrexone) injections?

Vivitrol is a prescription medication that treats dependence on alcohol or opioids. Specifically, it treats:

  • Alcohol dependence in people who aren’t in the hospital
  • Opioid dependence in people who have already detoxed from opioids

Vivitrol is administered as an injection once a month at Victory Recovery Partners. The medication lasts for 28-30 days; there is no need for daily medication ingestion. 

Vivitrol injections are safe, long-lasting, and present no risk of abuse. What’s more, there are very few side effects and can help you stay on the road to recovery.

How do Vivitrol injections work?

Vivitrol injections contain the active medication naltrexone, a synthetic chemical that blocks the opioid receptors in your brain. Your Victory Recovery Partners provider administers an injection into a muscle in your buttocks every four weeks. 

Who is a candidate for Vivitrol injections?

To determine if you’re a candidate for Vivitrol injections, your Victory Recovery Partners provider reviews your medical history and asks about your substance use. During this part of the appointment, let your provider know if you have any underlying health problems or if you take vitamins, supplements, or other prescription drugs.

Do Vivitrol injections present side effects?

Vivitrol injections are safe and typically well-tolerated. But, like any type of prescription medication, they can present side effects. 

The side effects you experience depend on several factors, including your age, your health history, and the other medications you regularly take. 

Common side effects of Vivitrol injections include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Sleepiness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Difficulty sleeping

Usually, these symptoms last for a day or two and then go away. If your symptoms persist or get worse, contact Victory Recovery Partners right away. 

How long does it take for naltrexone injections to work?

Naltrexone starts working right away, so it’s important your system is free of all alcohol and opioid medication before commencing treatment with Vivitrol. 

How long do I need Vivitrol (naltrexone) injections?

The length of time you need to receive Vivitrol injections depends on the severity of your addiction and its effect on your daily life — most people benefit from long-term use.

To see if you can benefit from Vivitrol (naltrexone) injections, make an appointment at Victory Recovery Partners by calling the nearest office or using the online booking feature today.