Fentanyl is an opioid pain reliever that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. Severe pain that is a result of post surgery or during cancer treatment pain are used to relieve discomfort. An extremely potent opioid prescribed to patients who have already built a tolerance to other pain medications is Fentanyl. It is a good candidate for abuse because of its powerful effect. Someone who is addicted to the drug feels "comfortable" once he or she develops a habit to Fentanyl narcotic features, requiring more of the drug to achieve the previous sensations.
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Fentanyl is available in a range of preparations to meet the needs of the clients.
These are the generic name of the drug
- Actiq - the lozenge form available on plastic sticks which is normally placed under the tongue like a 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.
- It is usually prescribed for the management of moderate to severe pain and its effects could be experienced for about 3 days.
- Sublimaze - Sublimaze is the injectable form of Fentanyl, generally administered in hospitals sometimes alongside anaesthetics.
- Post- or pre-surgery pain can be reduced with this drug.
- Subsys - Subsys deliver immediate pain relief and are a sublingual spray administered under a patient's tongue.
- Used to manage the breakthrough pain experienced by cancer patients.
- Abstral - Also employed in patients who are tolerant to opioids but with breakthrough cancer pain, it is the fast dissolving form of Fentanyl that is put under the tongue to effect immediate relief of pain.
- Lazanda - Is a Fentanyl nasal spray which is administered in the same manner as a 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. China white, China girl, T&T, crush and dance fever are the street names for Fentanyl.
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Symptoms Of Fentanyl Abuse
This drug has a high chance of being abused in any of its forms just as other high classed drugs are.
Fentanyl epidemic could develop because of the substance's immense potency and addictive potential, this has been cautioned by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
An intense euphoria and sense of relaxation similar to a heroin "high" are experienced by those ingesting Fentanyl at unprescribed levels.
Some of the symptoms of Fentanyl abuse are
- Laboured breathing
- Feeling weak
- Blurred sight
- Inability to pass stool
- Sickness and nausea
People whose bodies react to pain relievers will find addiction to Fentanyl to be more likely. The risk posed by an overdose is heightened when the user is not tolerant to it 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. This drug can lead to the death of the addict regardless of the purpose of its use.
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Fentanyl Addiction Indications
Fentanyl has a huge effect on the central nervous system, resulting in high levels of dopamine flooding and chemically affecting the brain with time. 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. 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
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Treatment For A Fentanyl Addiction
Cutting out Fentanyl by going "cold turkey" can be an unhappy procedure although rarely life-threatening. Those who are addicted to it mostly have developed physical dependence to it and they could end up having a withdrawal. There exists specialized treatment centres which usually offer inpatient as well as outpatient resources to aid the addicts to quit using Fentanyl.
Fentanyl withdrawal might vary in the nature of its severity based on the levels of use as well as the preferred form of the drug, this ranges from intense chills, sweating and restlessness.
Although Fentanyl has a non-lethal withdrawal, there is a great chance of developing a relapse. 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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It is challenging to overcome a Fentanyl addiction, but regardless of this, you can defeat this. In order to lend a helping hand, support groups are spread across the country. Do whatever you can to stop your addiction now.