Important Warning: Do Not Take Xanax (Alprazolam) While on Vivitrol (Naltrexone)
If you are undergoing treatment for addiction with Vivitrol (naltrexone), it is crucial that you do not take Xanax (alprazolam) unless it is prescribed by a healthcare professional who is aware of your treatment plan.
About Xanax (Alprazolam)
Xanax is a benzodiazepine medication commonly used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. However, it comes with a warning that it can be habit-forming and lead to addiction, misuse, and overdose. As a Schedule IV controlled substance, it should only be taken as prescribed by a doctor.
Potential Risks of Combining Xanax and Vivitrol
While there is no known drug interaction between Xanax and Vivitrol, combining the two medications may have adverse effects. It is generally not recommended to take a potentially habit-forming substance while undergoing treatment for alcohol or opioid dependence.
About Vivitrol (Naltrexone)
Vivitrol is an opioid antagonist medication used as part of a comprehensive management program for alcoholism or addiction to opioids such as heroin or certain painkillers. It is administered via intramuscular injection about once a month and requires patients to be opioid-free for 7-10 days before starting treatment. Psychosocial support is also an essential component of the treatment plan.