Drinking on Vivitrol
Vivitrol, also called naltrexone, is a drug used to treat the abuse of opioids or alcohol. It is an extended-release injectable drug, designed for reducing and suppressing cravings for opiates or alcohol. An individual working to detox from either substance must obtain a prescription from a health care provider in order to legally obtain Vivitrol. Naltrexone, the generic form, is available in several forms: oral tablet, monthly injection, transdermal patch, or implant. It should be noted that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved only the oral (ReVia) and injectable versions (Vivitrol) of naltrexone. Vivitrol is not considered to produce a physical dependence or have any abuse potential. According to Alkermes, the manufacturer of Vivitrol, the drug must be used with alcohol or drug recovery programs, such as counseling, in order to be effective. Abstaining from opioids or alcohol is recommended while taking Vivitrol. However, since Vivitrol does not assist individuals in remaining totally abstinent, concurrent use is often seen.
Vivitrol does have its own share of side effects -some of which can stem from, or be compounded by, alcohol consumption. Allergic reactions such as skin rash, breathing issues, chest pain, dizziness, or swelling of the face, tongue, mouth, and eyes can happen. Feelings of nausea, cold symptoms, vomiting, decreased appetite, muscle cramps, sleep issues, and painful joints may also occur.
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