Vivitrol Injections Specialist in Berlin, MD
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Vivitrol (naltrexone) is used to help with alcohol and opioid addictions. This is part of a program that includes counseling to reduce dependence on opioids or alcohol. Vivitrol injections are used to prevent relapses in adults who have become dependent on opioids and have stopped using them. This reduces the need or desire to start using opioids again.
Vivitrol injections need to be given by a medical professional. These are intramuscular injections that are done once a month. Vivitrol (naltrexone) works by stopping the euphoria and sedation that opioids and alcohol cause. It binds with the opioid receptor sites as an antagonist. If the person taking Vivitrol relapses, the high that comes from the drug will be limited or prevented after detoxing.
Vivitrol is not a cure for opioid or alcohol dependence. It can be a good part of a program with counseling to help you move away from the addiction and to a life that will be easier and more healthy.
Opioid overdoses have become a major cause of concern in the United States. Opioid overdoses accounted for at least 33,000 overdoses in 2015. Overdoses are now the primary reason for accidental death in the U.S. There has become an urgent need to find effective ways to deal with this crisis.
Vivitrol and Suboxone are drugs that are used to help treat opioid addictions. While they are both used for the same purpose, they are not the same. Vivitrol contains the drug naltrexone and is given by injection once a month. Suboxone is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone and is taken daily, orally.
Vivitrol and Suboxone contain opioid antagonists. Opioid antagonists bind to opioid receptors, preventing your brain from allowing the opioids from giving the sensation of being “high”.
Vivitrol is a therapy that blocks the effects of opioids. Suboxone only becomes active when opioids are taken or abused. Suboxone deters the effect of opioids by blocking the “high” but also initiates withdrawal symptoms when opioids are taken. Suboxone also contains buprenorphine, which gives an effect similar to opioids only with milder effects. Both medicines can help reduce opioid cravings and prevent relapses. Vivitrol does not mimic the effects of opioids, while Suboxone gives mild opioid-like effects.
Vivitrol requires that the patient be completely detoxified from opioids before injections begin. If there are opioids in the system it may cause intense withdrawal effects. Before someone can start Vivitrol treatments, the patient needs to be free of opioids for at least 7 to 14 days. This will depend on the opioid being used. Suboxone can also cause withdrawals if it is taken too early. Patients only need to wait 12 to 24 hours after they have taken an opioid to take Suboxone.
Vivitrol can be used for the treatment of alcohol, which Suboxone cannot.
Vivitrol works very effectively for people who are recovering from alcohol use disorder. It is an extra tool for the process of recovery. Vivitrol cannot be abused, unlike other medications since it prevents the feeling of intoxication. It is very good at preventing cravings for alcohol from becoming overpowering. Since it is so powerful at preventing overpowering cravings for alcohol, it has a significant ability to help people focus on what they need to do to recover from their addiction or dependence. Vivitrol does not usually produce unpleasant side effects. Without the side effects, people are much more inclined to use this, increasing their odds of recovery.
It is recommended that someone take six to twelve months of injections for the best benefit. Injections need to be done by a medical professional, but because they are long-lasting, they only need to be done every 30 days. This works best when done with counseling.
Vivitrol is a slow-release form of naltrexone. It is a single ingredient injection.
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