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Is Vivitrol Right For You?

Posted Nov 13 2009 10:02pm


I read an article from The Mayo Clinic about a relatively new form of delivery for the medication naltrexone. As you might know, one of the medications used most often in The FreedomFromAlcohol treatment program is naltrexone, so I found this of interest.

This new form of delivery is a monthly injection of naltrexone medication called Vivitrol®, instead of the daily dose most commonly prescribed. With the DrinkInSafety Method, our patients usually take a dose an hour or so prior to when they anticipate taking the first drink or if they have a craving for alcohol, and it’s proven very effective.

So why would someone choose a monthly injection over a daily dose or when they have an alcohol use or craving problem? Well, if you’re someone who for whatever reason, finds it difficult to remember to take medication, or if you prefer not to be on a set schedule, or to take a medication and forget about it, then Vivitrol may be the appropriate medication for you.

The DrinkInSafety treatment program does not use Vivitrol® because our patients are able and willing to take the naltrexone (as well as baclofen) only prior to drinking or at times of increased alcohol craving. The emphasis in our program is on increasing conscious awareness of choices associated with drinking. However, if this is something of interest to you, you might want to take a look at as well as the Mayo Clinic link above

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