Fentanyl is a synthetic pharmaceutical drug which is more than 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine and is an opioid pain reliever. 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 pretty potent opioid that is usually used in patients who are not responding to other pain meds. A high of addition is a huge risk factor due to the potency of Fentanyl. After one becomes tolerant to Fentanyl, they will subsequently need higher amounts to feel normal.
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Fentanyl usually meet the needs of the users in a number of forms.
These are the generic name of the drug:
Actiq - This form of the drug is put beneath the tongue because it is made in the form of lollipop.
Mainly applied to patients who are on other pain killers and at times in military applications.
Duragesic - This Fentanyl patch was first introduced in the 1990's.
This is used in the treatment of moderate to severe pain and its effects can last for up to 3 days.
Sublimaze - Is the injectable form of Fentanyl and is normally administered in hospitals, sometimes alongside anaesthetics.
Post- or pre-surgery pain can be reduced with this drug.
Subsys - This refers to a sublingual spray that is put under the tongue to offer the fastest relief of pain.
Used to manage the breakthrough pain experienced by cancer patients.
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 - Is a Fentanyl nasal spray which is administered in the same manner as a common nasal decongestant spray.
In cancer patients, it is predominantly used to treat pain.
Fentanyl blocks the pain receptors in the brain and increases the production of the happiness-inducing chemical dopamine. The Fentanyl street names include China girl, apache, China White, dance fever, crush and TNT.
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Symptoms Of Fentanyl Abuse
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.
Those who take a Fentanyl overdose usually experience a profound euphoria as well as sense of relaxation that is akin to a heroin high.
Some of the symptoms of Fentanyl abuse are:
Nausea and throwing up
Fentanyl abuse is particularly risky for individuals who don't have a tolerance to opioids. The risk posed by an overdose is heightened when the user is not tolerant to it abuses it.
The respiratory system can be depressed to the point of failure, leading to fatal overdose when Fentanyl is abused.
The destructive power of Fentanyl is increased when it is combined with other addictive substances such as cocaine and heroin. Fentanyl is a volatile and potentially lethal drug whether taken as prescribed or abused recreationally.
Fentanyl causes excess amounts of dopamine to flood and chemically alter the brain over time when it impacts the central nervous system to a significant degree. Someone prescribed Fentanyl might become addictive to the drug due to these neurochemical changes and turn to illicit ways of getting it after exhausting their prescribed amount.
OPRs that include Fentanyl could rapidly move from being trivial drugs of abuse to one having a profound addiction.
It has a higher likelihood of accidental and intentional abuse since many patients do not believe OPRs like Fentanyl harbour significant additive potentials like heroin or other street drugs. Problematic behaviour like building a habit or suffering withdrawal symptoms is completely understood by the healthcare professionals therefore they are able to quickly and efficiently able to make diagnostics.
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Fentanyl Addiction And Treatment For It
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.
Fentanyl withdrawal might vary in severity depending on levels of use, the withdrawal symptoms of the drug range from marked irritability and chills to sweating and restlessness.
Users are still vulnerable to potential relapse despite the typically non-lethal nature of Fentanyl withdrawal. The chances of going back to the drug will reduce and recovery will speed up if experienced doctors are present during the recovery process.
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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. Do whatever you can to stop your addiction now.