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Vivitrol Approved by FDA for Opioid Treatment


The FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) have approved the medication known as Vivitrol, it was approved for the treatment of alcohol dependency in 2006.

Vivitrol for Opioid Addictions

Opioids are a class of drugs that include prescription medications such as codeine, oxycodone oxyContin, percodan, percocet, and morphine. The class of drugs also includes the street drug heroin.

Vivitrol Treatment

In order to be considered for vivitrol treatment the addict must first go though a detoxification. The detoxification can take anywhere from 30 to 90 days.

Once the individual has been tested for opioids and the test come back negative they can begin the Vivitrol treatment. The individual will be given an injection once a month of the medication vivitrol. The amount of time an individual must continue the monthly vivitrol treatment depends on how severe the addition is and how well the person tolerates the medication.

A person receiving vivitrol may experience the following side effects nausea, tiredness, headache, dizziness, vomiting, decreased appetite, painful joints, and muscle cramps. More serious side effects may include depression, allergic reaction, suicidal tendencies, and a few others that the doctor will explain in full detail.