Treating alcohol dependence in certain patients. It is also used to prevent opioid (narcotic) pain medicine use in opioid-dependent patients following detoxication treatment. Vivitrol is used along with a complete management program. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor. Vivitrol is a narcotic antagonist. Exactly how Vivitrol works to decrease alcohol use is not known. It is thought to decrease opioid use by blocking their effects. Vivitrol does not decrease alcohol or opioid withdrawal symptoms.
Vivitrol is one of the latest medications that is recommended for those who have had the problem of alcoholism. It does eradicate the urge to take more alcohol as well as treat opiate. Vivitrol blocks the opioids that act on the brain receptors that might trigger the urge for narcotics thus averting relapses.