Vivitrol is the brand name for the generic medication Naltrexone, which is an opioid receptor antagonist and mainly used to help alcohol and drug dependent patients to stop taking narcotics. It is prescribed in a fill form following a detoxification program along with other programs such as counselling and support groups. As with any medication, Vivitrol is also associated with other side effects in the body.
Vivitrol, in large doses may cause damage to the liver. But when it is taken as directed by the physician in recommended doses, liver damages are unlikely. Liver damage symptoms include yellow coloration in the skin and in the white art of the eyes due to jaundice, dark urine, stool that is light in color, decreased appetite, long lasting pain in the upper part of the abdomen, and excessive drowsiness. When symptoms of liver damage occur while taking Vivitrol, it is advisable to seek medical attention immediately.
Vivitrol has been reported to cause side effects certain side effects that are not considered serious. These side effects usually are temporary, occurring only during the initial period when the treatment was first started. Nervousness, restlessness, and anxiety are some of the most common mental side effects that are associated with Vivitrol. These mental side effects are somewhat similar to narcotic withdrawal effect and so do not require any intercession from a doctor unless they continue past the initial treatment phase.
Rare psychiatric side effects of Vivitrol include hallucinations, confusion, depression, paranoia, disorientation, and nightmares, These psychiatric side effects are reported in less than one percent of the population using Vivitrol.
Skin rashes, itching, and skin redness are some of the side effects associated with Vivitrol use. Skin rash is classifies as less common side effect for the drug, whereas skin itching is considered very serious and requires immediate Doctor's intervention. Sudden or immediate rashes should be reported to the health care professional immediately.
Vivitrol may result in some temporary side effects that are relatively common such as mild to moderate cramps or pain in the abdominal region. As these effects are temporary, they may ease out once the body gets adjusted to the medication. Feeling of nausea, vomiting may also be present when the patient first takes the medication. With continuing use, these side effects should disappear. Loss of appetite, diarrhoea, and constipation are the less common side effects of Vivitrol. Any side effects that become severe or bothersome should be reported to the health care provider and treatment should be taken immediately.
Taking Vivitrol may induce some effects that are generally classified as common and not serious. Various types of pain are some of these effects mentioned here. Headaches, mild to moderate abdominal pain, and joint or muscle pain are some examples for this effect. These side effects do not require medical help, but when they continue beyond several days of the treatment then it can be taken to the notice of health care provider.
Vivitrol effect an individual's normal food intake and also how it eliminates the wastes from the body. It can cause loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, disruption in the normal digestion process, and constipation or diarrhoea is common with Vivitrol usage, which passes away in a few days' time.
Other common but temporary Vivitrol effects include abnormal tiredness, joint or muscle pain, and headaches. As these effects are temporary, it may disappear once the body gets adjusted to the medication.
Less common side effects include the various symptoms that are commonly associated with chills, sneezing, cough or hoarseness, nasal congestion, sinus problems, throat soreness, and cold or flu. Cardiovascular effects of Vivitrol include tachycardia, which is increased heart rate, and palpitations. Other vivitrol side effects include difficulties in sexual life for men, irritability, thirstiness and dizziness.
Vivitrol overdose occurs when the patient takes a higher dose than that was prescribed by the health care provider in the treatment of alcohol dependence or drug dependence. Side effects due to drug overdose include nausea, stomach pains, dizziness, and convulsions. Any drug overdose indication should not be taken with ease, and immediate emergency medical care should be sought.