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WHAT IS VIVITROL® (naltrexone for extended-release injectable suspension)?

VIVITROL is a prescription injectable medicine used to:

  • Treat alcohol dependence. You should stop drinking before starting VIVITROL.

  • Prevent relapse to opioid dependence after opioid detox. You must stop taking opioids or other opioid-containing medications before starting VIVITROL.

VIVITROL must be used with other alcohol or drug recovery programs such as counseling.

VIVITROL may not work for everyone and has not been studied in children.


  • Are still using or still have any symptoms of physical withdrawal due to dependence on opioid street drugs or opioid-containing medicines.

  • Have opioid withdrawal symptoms.

  • Are allergic to naltrexone or any of the ingredients in VIVITROL or the liquid used to mix VIVITROL.

See the Medication Guide for more information about opioid withdrawal and the ingredients in VIVITROL and the liquid used to mix it. 

For more information regarding Vivitrol treatment options please contact Straun Health & Wellness (SHAW).