Opioid addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease that affects people psychologically and physically. Effective treatment programs often focus on both aspects of addiction through counseling and medication. Vivitrol is a non-addictive, once-monthly treatment proven to prevent relapse in opioid dependent patients when used with counseling following detoxification. Vivitrol blocks opioid receptors in the brain while you work with the psychological aspects of counseling.
Treating Opioid Dependence with Vivitrol and Counseling
When used as part of a treatment plan that includes counseling, Vivitrol can help prevent relapse to opioid dependence after detox.
During a 6-month, double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical study, compared to opioid-dependent patients being treated with a placebo and counseling, opioid-dependent patients being treated with Vivitrol and counseling:
Had 90% opioid-free weeks (compared to 35% receiving the placebo)
Had a 55% decrease in self-reported opioid craving from baseline. (Placebo increased 3% from baseline.)
Were 17x less likely to relapse to physical dependence (compared to placebo)
Stayed in treatment longer: >168 days (compared to 96 days for those receiving the placebo)
Vivitrol is indicated for:
- Treatment of alcohol dependence in patients who are able to abstain from alcohol in an outpatient setting prior to initiation of treatment with Vivitrol. Patients should not be actively drinking at the time of initialVivitrol administration.
- Prevention of relapse to opioid dependence, following opioid detoxification.
- Vivitrol should be part of a comprehensive management program that includes psychosocial support.
Vivitrol is an Antagonist or Blocking Medication
Antagonists attach to opioid receptors, but do not cause the release of dopamine. They are non-addictive and do not lead to physical dependence. Antagonists create a barrier that blocks opioid molecules from attaching to opioid receptors. Vivitrol blocks opioid receptors in the brain for one month at a time, helping patients to prevent relapse to opioid dependence, following detox, while they focus on counseling. Patients must detox before starting Vivitrol.
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