They’re commonly given for the purpose of relieving pain, and because of the euphoric qualities they possess, it’s very easy for someone to become addicted to them. One of the strongest Opiates you can get is Fentanyl. This drug is prescribed for a variety of different reasons, but it’s most commonly prescribed for patients who have just had surgery. In a hospital setting, it’s often given as an injection, or through an IV, but there are other forms of it that allow it to be given on an outpatient basis.
If you’ve become addicted to Fentanyl – either because you’ve been using it for too long, you’ve increased your dosage on your own, or you’ve obtained it illegally – you need to know how dangerous it can be for you to continue with using it. It’s such an easy drug to become addicted to, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t stop. Even so, knowing the right way to stop is vital, and getting the right kind of Fentanyl addiction treatment can actually save your life.
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While Fentanyl is often used to help those who are recovering from surgery, it has other uses too. Fentanyl is rarely the go-to choice by doctors and surgeons to help patients combat their pain, but breakthrough pain after surgery or because of an injury is fairly common. Breakthrough pain refers to temporary pain that breaks through the opiate barrier. These patients have usually already been given a different type of opiate medication to deal with their pain, but it’s not always completely successful. In these cases, Fentanyl can help.
Fentanyl can also be given in time-release form, and these unique ways of taking this medication allow it to be more effective for a longer period of time. You can take it in a lollipop form, or it can be applied as a patch on the skin. There is even the possibility of taking Fentanyl through a thin film that dissolves under the tongue.
Fentanyl is very effective at relieving pain, but it also produces a few other effects. You may feel drowsy, euphoric and mellow once you take it.
The fact that Fentanyl relieves pain while giving the user a euphoric high make it a very desirable drug, and this can easily result in Fentanyl abuse. The longer you take this particular drug, the less effective it is, and this generally means you’re going to take a higher dose until you achieve the high you’re looking for. With continual Fentanyl use, it’s very easy to build up a tolerance to it. Those who abuse Fentanyl generally find that in as little time as a few days to one week, they need to up their dosages again.
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You may not have realized that Fentanyl was such a dangerous drug. Many people don’t because it’s prescribed by doctors, and those drugs are viewed as being much safer than street drugs. This mindset is completely false, and prescription drugs can actually be more dangerous than street drugs because of this perception.
Fentanyl addiction symptoms and behaviors are very serious, and if you regularly take this drug, you are probably addicted if you exhibit:
Also, it’s important to note that it’s not easy to maintain a Fentanyl addiction, behaviors that you’ve been participating in are a clear indication that you have a serious problem that requires Fentanyl addiction treatment. You may be spending an incredible amount of money every month in order to obtain your drugs illegally. You may also be forging prescriptions or going to multiple doctors in order to get your prescriptions.
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Even in the most controlled environments, Fentanyl withdrawal is very serious, and the resulting effects can range from being uncomfortable to being potentially life threatening. For this reason, it’s always best to stop taking Fentanyl under the supervision of professionals at one of the best Fentanyl rehab centers in the U.S.
Even so, many people will try to quit using Fentanyl on their own without being monitored, and doing so can result in withdrawal symptoms such as:
These can start anywhere from six to thirty-six hours after your last dose of Fentanyl, and sometimes symptoms can be so severe that they result in suicidal ideations or self-harm in an attempt to get relief.
If you have a loved one who is abusing or addicted to Fentanyl, it’s good for you to be concerned about his or her well-being. You should try talking with your family member about the dangerous nature of this powerful Opiate medication, and communicate your concern and desire for professional treatment. If that doesn’t work, an intervention should be the next course of action that you take.
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