If you’ve been prescribed Vivitrol, a medication used to treat opioid addiction, you may be wondering how long after your last shot you can use opioids. The answer is that it depends on the individual and the type of opioid used.
Vivitrol is an extended-release form of naltrexone, an opioid antagonist. It works by blocking the effects of opioids, making it difficult for someone to get high from using them. Vivitrol is typically administered as an injection once a month, and it can remain effective for up to 30 days.
However, it’s important to note that Vivitrol does not completely block the effects of opioids. It can take up to two weeks for the medication to reach its full effectiveness, and even then, it may not completely block the effects of opioids. This means that if you use opioids after your last Vivitrol shot, you may still experience some of the effects.
It’s also important to note that the effects of opioids can vary depending on the type of opioid used. For example, short-acting opioids such as heroin may have a more immediate effect than long-acting opioids such as methadone. Therefore, it’s important to talk to your doctor about the specific type of opioid you’re using and how long it may take for the effects to wear off after your last Vivitrol shot.
In general, it’s best to avoid using opioids after your last Vivitrol shot. Vivitrol is designed to help you break your opioid addiction, and using opioids after your last shot can put you at risk of relapse. If you’re struggling with opioid addiction, talk to your doctor about other treatment options that may be available to you.