Vivitrol (Naltrexone) Withdrawal and Detox

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Vivitrol is a medication that is prescribed to patients who have been addicted to certain drugs, such as opiates, to prevent them from taking them again. Also referred to by its generic name naltrexone, Vivitrol is an opiate antagonist which prevents patients from feeling opiate effects like feelings of well-being and pain relief. Naltrexone also has the potential to decrease addicted patients’ desire to take opiates and prevent people experiencing alcohol abuse from drinking as much or entirely. Usually, naltrexone will take effect two days after it has been administered and its effects will be felt for the next 30 days. It is common for naltrexone to be taken in conjunction with other therapy options such as inpatient and outpatient opioid addiction therapy programs.

Like any other medication, taking naltrexone can produce side effects. More common side effects of Vivitrol treatment are nausea, headache, dizziness, anxiety, tiredness and trouble sleeping. Talk to your doctor if these side effects persist or worsen. At times, patients may experience opiate withdrawal symptoms within minutes of taking Vivitrol. These effects include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, joint aches, mood changes and runny nose. Talk to your doctor promptly if you experience any of these effects.

In rare cases, some naltrexone patients can develop liver disease from their Vivitrol treatment. Stop taking naltrexone and tell your doctor right away if you experience liver disease symptoms such as persistent nausea and vomiting, severe stomach pain, dark urine, and yellow skin or eyes.

Vivitrol Withdrawal & Detox
To detox from Naltrexone, you must stop taking it. Unless you experience liver disease symptoms, do not stop taking Naltrexone cold turkey. If you are interested in discontinuing your Vivitrol treatment, talk to your doctor about gradually tapering off your Naltrexone dose. A safe detox is an important step in living a happy, Vivitrol-free life.
Typically, it is uncommon for patients to experience severe Vivitrol withdrawal symptoms.
Usually, the detoxification timeline for Vivitrol is short, though every patient experiences withdrawal differently. Your unique physiology also influences how quickly naltrexone can be removed from your system. Certain factors like your age, metabolism, organ functions and Vivitrol usage frequency will also affect how quickly naltrexone is removed from the body.
If for any reason you are having extreme difficulty managing naltrexone withdrawal symptoms, it is recommended you enter a medically assisted detoxification program. In this type of program, patients can safely get the naltrexone out of their system while also accessing medical staff while they are experiencing any possible Vivitrol withdrawal symptoms and learning skills on how to handle the Vivitrol withdrawal symptoms properly.
Be sure to keep an updated list of your medications to share with your doctor. This should include any herbal products, nonprescription medications or drugs you take recreationally, as these can interact with Vivitrol. Specifically, notify your doctor if you are taking any of the following medications: buprenorphine, butorphanol, codeine, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, levorphanol, meperidine, methadone, morphine, nalbuphine, naloxone, oxycodone, oxymorphone, and propoxyphene.

Do not start any new medications without consulting your doctor while you are undergoing Vivitrol treatment.

Finding the right Vivitrol center for you is an important step in your journey to a lasting, life-long recovery. Speak with your doctor about what you are looking for in a naltrexone center. Certain factors you may want to consider in choosing a Vivitrol center are how long you have been taking naltrexone and the dosage amounts you have been given.

If you or someone you love is struggling with naltrexone addiction or another substance use disorder, do not delay in getting help. The Recovery Village has a variety of resources and treatment options available for patients suffering from substance use disorder. You can go online and visit www.TheRecoveryVillage.com or call our toll-free hotline, which is open 24 hours a day, at 855-548-9825 to get more information on the programs The Recovery Village has to offer and other recovery resources.

Although the road to recovery may be difficult, it is important to seek the help you need as soon as possible as this could save you or your loved one’s life. The Recovery Village will be with you every step of the way to help ensure you live a happier, healthier substance-free life.

Vivitrol Withdrawal & Detox
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