Vivitrol And Headaches

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Charissa Says:
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Hi! I've tried to do some research on my own regarding this; however, most of the search results sing praise & glory about how great & awesome Vivitrol is. Not that I necessarily disagree but this headache is so debilitating that I'm not sure Vivitrol is the answer for me; that is, if it is the cause. I do see headaches noted as a common side effect but it is not a side effect that indicates to contact a health care professional or obtain immediate care or emergency care.

Here goes… I received my 1st Vivitrol shot on April 24th and have had a continuous headache ever since. The headache started about an hour after I received the shot. It has gradually worsened to the point that it is taking over my life and just about anything can intensify it; sweeping the floor, chopping veggies, folding laundry, working, etc. In addition to gradual worsening and intensity with normal everyday activities, I'm experiencing other symptoms that have occurred roughly 5 to 6 times over the course of this continuous headache (almost a month). The symptoms are - blurry vision behind my left eye along with pulsating pain behind the left eye at the same time combined with tinnitus which is in rhythm to the pulsating pain. Another newer symptom along with the headache is a burning pain in my cheekbones.

The headache is generally in the forehead and spreads to temples, upper head, behind eyes, and cheekbones (as mentioned earlier). Pain is worse on the left side. I'm scheduled to get a 2nd shot on May 29th and am also scheduled to see my PCP on June 5th for an annual physical and also to discuss headaches. It's worth mentioning that the doc that manages Vivitrol prescription is not convinced that Vivitrol is the the cause of headache. Prescribing doc also has me on Tylenol and Topamax 50mg BID; brighter of which have provided any relief. Additionally, I am unable to take any NSAIDs because I have a peptic ulcer.

Since I was unable to find any info regarding Vivitrol and long-term side effects specific to headaches/migraines, I decided to turn to a community forum hoping to get some answers. This is the 1st time in my life that I've been drug & alcohol free that I wasn't ready and waiting for any reason, excuse, reward, justification, argument, urge, etc. to drink and/or use; it's been 60 days today. I'd love to feel great about that, I do somewhat but this headache is seriously killing it!

Has anyone experienced the same or similar from Vivitrol? Any recommendations? Help!

Thanks in advance and for listening too!

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Aleudar Says:
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Thanks for sharing. I hope there will be some informed discussion of this topic.

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HepCFree Says:

So sorry you are suffering from vivitrol. I would certainly go to your physician and discuss your issues. The pain behind your eye is very concerning. Vivitrol may not be for you. Perhaps subutex is a better option if you can do the daily thing. Vivitrol is supposed to help, not cause you debilitating pain. Sometimes medications are just not tolerated by some.

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Kevin Says:

Hello Charissa,

First I would like to congratulate you on being clean for 60 days!

According to the National Institute of Health, Vivitrol has quite a lengthy list of adverse reactions, headaches, migraines, blurred vision and eye pain are absolutely listed among them. I will say that because you are attempting to kick both drug and alcohol your body could also be having issues with such a difficult transition, coupled with the medicine.

I know that you already expressed that your doctor does not believe the Vivitrol is the leading cause of your headaches but have you discussed your other issues with him? You will always be the best judge of whether or not something is wrong with your body. If you are certain that these symptoms only started after you started taking Vivitrol it is in your best interest to continue to discuss your concerns with your doctor.

You should feel good about yourself and what you are doing and I hope that your symptoms subside or you find a drug that works better for you in the near future. Keep us updated on what your doctor says after the appointment.

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Laura Says:
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Hi hun. This is interesting because I was on Vivitrol a number of years ago for almost 3 years. I had no side-effects whatsoever. I am certainly not saying that your headaches & other symptoms aren’t perhaps the cause of taking Vivitrol, however, I believe it to be severely rare. I would suggest talking to your sr about possibly stopping the Vivitrol for a few doses & see if the headaches cease. If they do, that would likely indicate that Vivitrol could’ve been causing those symptoms. Maybe also in the meantime you could make an appointment to see your regular dr & have some blood work done to see if other causes could be ruled out. Vivitrol kept me clean for a long time & I think it would be worth it for you to do some further investigation bc if it isn’t, in fact what is causing your problems, I would hate to see you come off it. I think you need to explain to your dr that you’ve thought things really through & if he isn’t on board with helping you find the cause to your symptoms, then you will have to seek elsewhere. You have to advocate for yourself & your health & if he brushes this off, then he doesn’t deserve to be your prescriber. If there’s any way that I can help, please lmk bc I hate to hear that you are suffering & am willing to go to bat for you in any way I can!?

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