Vivitrol is a relatively recent drug that is commonly used for the treatment of alcohol dependence or to prevent relapse in patients struggling with opioid dependence. It can help users break free from dependence by blocking the intense high that often accompanies opioids, resulting in the user experiencing only negative effects from the substance. It also blocks any pleasurable feelings associated with alcohol use. This effect is said to help curtail the power of substance cravings.
Vivitrol is generally administered one time in a 30-day period at a dosage level of 380 mg. It is rising in popularity because of its convenient once-a-month dosage. This drug should be used in conjunction with other treatment programs as an additional tool. It should only be used under the supervision of medical professionals because, although minimal, Vivitrol side effects can be alarming.
Common Vivitrol Side Effects
These are only some of the side effects of Vivitrol. To learn more, please see the insert that comes with the medication or ask a medical professional.
- Tiredness or difficulty sleeping
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Painful joints
- Muscle cramps
- Decreased appetite
- Increased thirst
- Cold symptoms
- Decreased sex drive
- Anxiety and/or nervousness
Serious Vivitrol Side Effects
Like most other medications, Vivitrol use has proven to cause a number of serious side effects. Reactions can include opioid withdrawal, opioid overdose, liver damage, hepatitis, reaction at the injection site, serious allergic reactions, allergic pneumonia or depressed mood.
Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Blurred vision
- Eye disturbances
- Rapid heart rate
- Difficulty breathing
- Clay-colored stools
- A hard lump, redness or other skin changes at the injection site
- Ringing in the ears or ear pain
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