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Vivitrol Side Effects

Serious Side Effects

Some side effects of Vivitrol are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
  • Severe reactions at the site of the injection, such as:
    • Intense pain
    • Hardening of the skin in the area
    • Extreme swelling
    • Lumps
    • Blisters
    • A dark scab
    • An open wound
    • A sore or reaction that does not improve within two weeks or gets worse
  • Breathing problems, such as shortness of breath or wheezing
  • A new or persistent cough
  • Feeling sad or depressed
  • Thoughts of suicide or harming yourself
  • Unusual behavior or mood, including irritability, agitation, or anxiety
  • Seeing or hearing things that are not real
  • Feeling disoriented, confused, or paranoid
  • Swelling, pain, warmth, or redness in an arm or leg
  • A fast, forceful, or irregular heartbeat
  • Blurred vision
  • Signs of liver problems, such as:
    • Yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes (jaundice)
    • Abdominal (stomach) pain
    • Loss of appetite
    • Dark urine
    • Pale or clay-colored stool
  • Signs of opioid withdrawal, such as:
    • Tearfulness
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Abdominal (stomach) cramps
    • Restlessness
    • Bone, joint, or muscle pain
    • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
    • An unexplained rash
    • Hives 
    • Swelling of the face, mouth, or throat
    • Difficulty breathing or wheezing
    • Chest pain
    • Dizziness or fainting.  

Final Thoughts

You may experience some or none of the Vivitrol side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have problems with a medicine that you have never tried.
Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you experience any side effects while using Vivitrol or if you develop something that "just does not seem right." While it may not be related to the medication, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
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