Mental Health Channel
Topics & Medications
Quicklinks
Related Channels

Vivitrol for Heroin Dependence

Vivitrol® (naltrexone injection) is a prescription drug used as part of a treatment program for adults who are trying to stop abusing alcohol or opioid medications.
 
As an opioid receptor antagonist, Vivitrol binds to opioid receptors but does not produce any effects. Instead, it prevents other substances, such as opioid pain medications and opioid street drugs like heroin, from binding to and activating the receptors. For example, people who have a heroin dependence can use Vivitrol to help prevent feeling that "high" that can reinforce opioid abuse, thus preventing a relapse.
 
Vivitrol is injected into the gluteal muscle once a month.
 
(Click Vivitrol Uses for a more in-depth discussion of how this opioid receptor antagonist works. This article also discusses whether the drug has off-label uses.)
 
9 Signs You May Have Hyperactive-Impulsive Type Adult ADHD
Referring Pages:
Terms of Use
Advertise with Us
Contact Us
About eMedTV
Privacy Policy
Copyright © 2006-2017 Clinaero, Inc.
eMedTV serves only as an informational resource. This site does not dispense medical advice or advice of any kind. Site users seeking medical advice about their specific situation should consult with their own physician. Click Terms of Use for more information.