If you have developed a dependence on alcohol or opioids, a method of treatment you may be prescribed as part of your recovery process is Vivitrol. Vivitrol is a medication that is administered monthly, making it one of the most convenient methods to treat dependency. At Urgent Care of Mercer County, our physicians are trained and equipped to administer monthly Vivitrol injections, seven days a week.
What is Vivitrol?
Vivitrol is the injectable form of naltrexone, a non-addictive, non-narcotic drug that blocks the effects of opioids, including pain relief and the ability to feel sensations that can lead to abuse. Prior to your first injection, you must be detoxed and clean for at least 7-14 days in order to prevent sudden withdrawal, which can have serious side effects. With alcohol dependency, Vivitrol can reduce your urge to drink, reducing or even eliminating heavy drinking days. Vivitrol can be injected monthly by a healthcare provider.
What do I need to know before starting Vivitrol?
After beginning Vivitrol treatment, it is critical to not take opioids, especially in pre-detox doses. Because you are blocking the effects of the drugs, you may be sensitive to lower doses, especially if you miss a Vivitrol shot. If you begin to feel side effects including difficulty breathing, drowsiness or feeling faint, go to the emergency room immediately for treatment. When on Vivitrol, it is critical that the family members, roommates and friends closest to you know that you have a heightened sensitivity in case of relapse.
Vivitrol Treatment in Hamilton, Trenton & Robbinsville, NJ
If you or someone you are close to has been struggling with opioid or alcohol dependency and wants to begin Vivitrol treatment on the advice of their doctor, visit Urgent Care of Mercer County today! Our center is open seven days a week to walk-in patients, with extended hours to accommodate your schedule. Talk to your doctor to make sure Vivitrol is the right solution for you. For questions about Vivitrol injections, Urgent Care of Mercer County can be reached by calling 609-890-4100.
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