Morphine is a powerful drug, however, Fentanyl is a stronger pain reliever that is about 100 times more powerful than Morphine. Fentanyl is mostly employed to handle severe pain; pain after surgery or pain that has occurred from cancer treatment. The patients who have already built a tolerance to other pain medications are prescribed Fentanyl that is an extremely potent opioid. Fentanyl has a high potential for addiction due to its potency. 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.
Some popular brand names and forms are:
Actiq - This form of Fentanyl is administered under the tongue like a lollipop as it comes as a lozenge on a plastic stick.
It has some military applications and is used by patients already on pain-relieving medications.
Duragesic - This patch of Fentanyl was introduced in the 1990s.
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.
Before and after surgeries, it can be used to manage pain.
Subsys - A sublingual spray that is given under a patient's tongue to result in an immediate relief of pain.
It's meant for the treatment of breakthrough pain from cancer.
Abstral - Is also utilized for the management of breakthrough cancer pain in those who are opioid-tolerant, it is the tablet form of Fentanyl that quickly dissolves when put under the tongue to offer immediate relief of pain.
Lazanda - Is a Fentanyl nasal spray which is administered in the same manner as a common nasal decongestant spray.
It is regularly used to manage pain in cancer patients.
Fentanyl blocks the pain receptors in the brain and enhances the production of the happiness-inducing chemical, dopamine. Some common street names of Fentanyl include apache, China white, China girl, dance fever, crush as well as TNT just to mention a few.
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Abuse Of Fentanyl And The Effects
Regardless of the prescription form, the Fentanyl still comes with a great risk for addiction and abuse like other ORPs.
The possibility of using the drug excessively can cause the possible outbreak of health issues as a result of using this drug recklessly.
Those who take a Fentanyl overdose usually experience a profound euphoria as well as sense of relaxation that is akin to a heroin high.
Fentanyl abuse shows symptoms such as:
Nausea & vomiting
Fentanyl abuse is particularly risky for individuals who don't have a tolerance to opioids. Those who respond negatively to pain relievers may increase their chances of using the drug recklessly.
Those using the drug without caution may become addicted and cause them to engage in deadly misuse of the drug.
The drug's damaging side effects is amplified by mixing Fentanyl with illicit narcotics like heroin or stimulants like Cocaine. 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. When they have finished using the one giving by their doctors, some may become addicted to the drug and obtain it at any costs, even using criminal techniques as a result of the drug on the central nervous system.
OPRs such as Fentanyl could quickly pick up from a mere abuse to a full-blown addiction.
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. Healthcare professionals can pinpoint problematic behaviour like building a tolerance or suffering withdrawal symptoms with the help of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders' criteria for diagnosing substance use disorder.
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Treatment For A Dependency To Fentanyl
It can be a miserable process by cutting out Fentanyl, which is also known as "cold turkey", although rarely life-threatening. With those living with a Fentanyl addiction have likely developed a physical dependence on the substance and therefore when taking these people off of the drugs it can be a painful process. To help those addicted quit Fentanyl, specialized treatment centres offer inpatient and outpatient resources.
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.
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. There are support groups to help those who are recovering all over the country. Do whatever you can to stop your addiction now.