Fentanyl is a man-made painkiller that can be almost 100 times stronger than Morphine. It is an opioid that can prove to be deadly as well as highly addictive if used for a longer duration. Fentanyl is used as pain medication, but practitioners are highly cautious not to recommend it for long durations, as substance dependence is highly possible. Even when prescribed for a few days, it is imperative to keep an eye on the patient because he will be addicted to the drug before you know. Being a prescription drug, it is unfortunately also widely used on the streets. It is also used in end-of-life care, which can give you the perspective of how strong it is.
Signs of Use
Since Fentanyl is a prescribed drug, people often do not follow the medication prescribed and use it as they want.
Not following the Prescription
This is the most common sign when it comes to Fentanyl abuse. When Fentanyl is prescribed, it is prescribed for a short duration with a limited dosage. An addict would take the Fentanyl pills as he pleases, as well, and in quantity much more than recommended.
Consuming powder or another form
The Fentanyl prescribed by doctors is usually in the form of pills, but people also take powder or shots. Since it has evolved as a street drug, it is also mixed with other stuff to add to its potency.
Calmness and unexplained intoxication
Fentanyl acts on the receptors in the brain to impose a calming effect as well as intoxication.
The first step is to understand that you need help with your addiction and the realization that you are addicted to Fentanyl. Fentanyl withdrawal must be observed in a controlled environment like a therapy center or an addiction center. Experiencing a withdrawal at home can pose to be dangerous for the patient as well as for the people around him. Since Fentanyl is 100 times stronger than Morphine, it would be very difficult to perform fentanyl withdrawal, but it doesn’t imply that it’s impossible. In many cases, life-threatening withdrawal symptoms are also observed just because the withdrawal conditions were not ideal. Some of the symptoms that can be observed as a result of withdrawal are; cold flashes, insomnia, muscle fatigue, intense cravings, digestive issues, etc. Lofexidine is a drug that is used to improve the condition of the patient during fentanyl withdrawal.
Side Effects Observed
Since it is a heavy drug, the side effects are also enormous. The side effects observed are nausea, fatigue, confusion, sedation, miscoordination, etc. It is not necessary to have an overdose to observe these effects; regular use of the prescribed medicine can also be responsible for these. An overdose can also trouble a person’s breathing; a person is unable to breathe properly, the oxygen to the brain can also be hindered, which can induce a coma. In some severe cases, it can also lead to death. According to research, Fentanyl has an antidote like many other drugs. Naloxone is a drug that can be used to bring a person back to life. This also interacts with opioids to stop or hinder the effect on the receptors. Before your symptoms get worse, it is better to look for an antidote that can help you in getting better.
Behavioral therapy is very important when it comes to Fentanyl addiction. This is combined with medication to get the best results. It is always advised to get admitted to a well-reputed institute that has a history of successful treatments. Opioid addiction can be complicated to fight, but it is not impossible. Two of the most commonly used drugs are Methadone and Buprenorphine. During the behavioral therapy, the counselors very closely work with the addicts to help them pinpoint what led them to the drug addiction. It is very important to find the trigger points in order to avoid any relapse. Most Fentanyl addicts start their addiction with the prescribed drug, but as the dependence increases, they shift to other non-prescribed forms. It is important to keep an eye on the addict during treatment to see they do not go back to their addiction. We have some of the best professionals who will help you through the Fentanyl withdrawal. Elevate Recovery Center has worked with a number of addicts with different levels of addiction. We always encourage our patients to understand their condition and then work with us to improve their life. Addicts also need to work on their lifestyle to come out of their addiction and not return to it. Let us help you in finding the answers to your questions. Coming out of an addiction is not easy, but it can be eased with the trained professionals by your side.