It is a synthetically made drug, having a potency that is 50 to 100 times better than morphine. Fentanyl is used to manage severe pain, examples of this is pain resulting from surgery and even pains caused from cancer treatment. Fentanyl is a strong opioid that is given to patients who have developed tolerance to other medications meant to relieve pain. Fentanyl has a high potential for addiction due to its potency. After one becomes tolerant to Fentanyl, they will subsequently need higher amounts to feel normal.
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Fentanyl is available in a range of preparations to meet the needs of the clients.
Some popular brand names and forms are:
Actiq - The form of Fentanyl which is available as lozenge placed on a plastic stick taken under tongue just as is the case for a lollipop.
It has some military applications and is used for patients who are already on pain-relieving medications.
Duragesic - In the 1990s, this Fentanyl patch was introduced.
This is used in the treatment of moderate to severe pain and its effects can last for up to 3 days.
Sublimaze -This is version of Fentanyl that can be used intravenously and is used in health centres together with pain reliever.
It is used to handle the pain before and after surgeries.
Subsys - These are used under the tongue to combat and kill pain immediately.
To grant relief to victims of excessive pain while treating cancer is the main objective of using this drug.
Abstral - Abstral is the quick-dissolve tablet version of Fentanyl that is administered under the tongue for immediate pain relief, it is also used for opioid-tolerant patients with breakthrough cancer pain.
Lazanda - A form of Fentanyl nasal spray that is applied in the same way as the common nasal decongestant spray.
Victims of cancer from the main group of people that this drug is meant for.
Fentanyl blocks the pain receptors in the brain and increases the production of the happiness-inducing chemical dopamine. TNT, China white, Crush, China girl, apache and dance fever are some of the other ways to call the drug.
You need to find help if you or if you think one of your loved ones are addicted to Fentanyl.
Fentanyl Misuse And Effects
Regardless of the prescription form, the Fentanyl still comes with a great risk for addiction and abuse like other ORPs.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse has warned of a possible Fentanyl epidemic due to the imminent potency and the addictive potential of this drug.
Just like heroin, the drug Fentanyl can give users the same feelings like addiction to heroin when given the recommended dosage.
These are the side effects from being addicted to Fentanyl:
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People whose bodies react to pain relievers will find addiction to Fentanyl to be more likely. The risk of an overdose is increased when an abuser without a tolerance abuses it.
Those using the drug without caution may become addicted and cause them to engage in deadly misuse of the drug.
The combination of Fentanyl with illegal narcotics like heroin or stimulants like Cocaine amplify the damaging side effects of this drug. Fentanyl is a volatile and potentially lethal drug whether taken as prescribed or abused recreationally.
This drug has a profound effect on the central nervous system, leading to massive amounts of dopamine flooding the brain and this could chemically modify the brain with time. Someone who has been prescribed Fentanyl might turn to illegal methods of getting the drug after finishing their prescribed amount and become dependent on it due to it neurochemical changes.
Abuse to full-blown addiction grows rapidly with OPRs like Fentanyl.
People may deliberately or unknowingly become addicted to this drug due to the erroneous belief that it cannot be abused like other addictive substances like heroin and co. Some health concerns such as experiencing ill health while quitting the drug and dependence on it have been identified by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
You can recognize an addiction to Fentanyl by learning more about them.
Treatment For A Dependency To Fentanyl
It is unpleasant for those who want to overcome the addiction by doing it all by themselves, despite the fact that the process does not pose any threat to people's lives it still is not a good idea. Those who are addicted to Fentanyl mostly have a physical dependence to it, and the withdrawal symptoms could be quite painful. Those who depend on this drug may break its grip on their lives if they take advantage of the help that is available through rehabilitation facilities, whether living there or not.
The severity of Fentanyl withdrawal might vary depending how much the drug is used and what form it is use in, withdrawal symptoms range from marked chills and irritability to restlessness and sweating.
Although Fentanyl has a non-lethal withdrawal, there is a great chance of developing a relapse. Medical supervision at the time of a detox could simplify the cleansing process and reduce the chances of a relapse.
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Despite the difficulties, a Fentanyl addiction can be hard to overcome but it is possible to overcome any addiction. Support groups are spread across the country to help people in defeat their addictions. You can begin to break your addiction now.