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Fentanyl Addiction Treatment

Fentanyl is a drug that is used to assist in physical health and rehabilitation. But what starts out as a small does may turn into a fast, downward spiral into addiction.

Fentanyl, also known as Duragesic/Actiq, is administered in the following ways which include the 4 color-coded patch strengths:

  • 25mg
  • 50mg
  • 75mg
  • 100mcg/hour

The onset of an addiction to fentanyl is not surprising in that this medication is used in the place of other pain medications that have not been very effective. Doctors prescribe fentanyl as it is extremely powerful and when it is needed in the most extreme circumstances. Brand names for fentanyl includeActiq, Duragesic, Fentora and Sublimaze. Fentanyl can only be obtained by a doctor’s prescription and can appear as a skin patch, lozenge, pills, shots, dissolvable film or through an IV.

Side Effects

Addiction to fentanyl is very dangerous and immediate treatment should be sought when it is discovered that addiction has taken place. Be aware of the following side effects associated with taking fentanyl include drowsiness, lightheadedness, weakness and fatigue, feelings of euphoria, dry mouth, difficulty in urination, trouble breathing, constipation and a host of skin reactions including irritation, itching or hives. Those who have experienced addiction to fentanyl may have discovered that it does have adverse reactions when it is combined with other medications.

Overdose

Overdose is a severe consequence to an addiction to fentanyl. Overdose can occur with continued abuse of the drug as well as when taken in combination with other narcotics. Seek immediate treatment if the following symptoms occur as an overdose may be in progress: very slow breathing combined with drowsiness to the point of unresponsiveness, cold, clammy skin, low blood pressure, pinpoint pupils of the eyes and slow heartbeat. In the most extreme cases, breathing problems can become so severe that breathing may stop completely. If this occurs, the person can be rendered unconscious and can even die.

The first step in curing addiction is recognizing that there is a problem. The road to recovery first includes physical addiction treatment, followed by some form of counseling. Support groups are also a good way to follow post-rehab treatment. Joining a support group is imperative as it allows the person suffering with the addiction to be able to relate to others who have suffered with similar addictions.


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