New research suggests that Vivitrol is an effective long-term treatment for addiction to heroin or prescription pain killers.
Half of all Vivitrol patients in a recent drug treatment study remained opiate-free for the entire one-year study.
Vivitrol is a medication used to treat addiction to heroin and prescription pain killers. The non-narcotic medication blocks the effects of heroin or other opiates.
Vivitrol is an injectable, extended-release form of the medication naltrexone. Patients visit their medical provider once per month to receive a shot.
Study participants were taking part in a one-year extension of an earlier 6-month study. Treatment included psychosocial support.