Fentanyl is an opioid pain reliever that is usually prescribed to patients who are experiencing extreme pain due to chronic, degenerative conditions like cancer. It’s considered a narcotic. Fentanyl is used in hospitals for anaesthesia. It’s an extremely powerful drug and is said to be ten times more potent than heroin and morphine. Usually, when prescribed, it’s provided to cancer patients for extreme pain in the form of an extended release patch. It should only be used as prescribed, on a short-term basis, and always with great caution.
Because of the strength of this drug, dependence on it can form quite easily. Tolerance, of course, begins to build as the intake of the drug increases. This causes the individual to need a higher dosage to receive the drug’s effects. The effects of the drug can be described by the word euphoria. People who experience this euphoric state may feel the need to take more of the medication, leading to dependence.
People who are dependent on Fentanyl may crave more of it. They may experience fatigue, dizziness, constipation, swelling of the hands and feet, and heart rate increase. Other signs and symptoms may include nausea and vomiting or even unconsciousness when the drug isn’t in use.
The brain’s activity will alter because of the effects of Fentanyl. It may lead to behavioral changes which could result in strange and extreme actions. Some people who are dependent on this drug might avoid work, school, or family responsibilities. They may take drastic measures in order to get another dosage of Fentanyl, such as stealing or using false prescriptions. There may be difficulties with concentration. Others may have problems with confusion or depression. Anxiety is also a possible result of Fentanyl dependence. Whatever the consequences of misusing Fentanyl, it’s important to get help when dependence forms. This is due to the high potency of this drug and the numerous overdose deaths which occur daily due to the heightened use of this drug.
A treatment process which uses a combination of medicine and a behavioral therapy called Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) can help those who are dependent on Fentanyl. MAT reduces the discomfort one feels while going through withdrawal from dependence-causing medications.
Vivitrol is one medication that is used during the MAT process. It helps patients detox from Fentanyl dependence because it blocks the brain’s ability to register the stimulation usually provided by the drug. This blockage can last for a month and, if relapse occurs, patients will not feel the same effects of the Fentanyl. This will assist them in becoming less dependent on the drug.
Another medication that can be used in medication-assisted treatment is Suboxone. This medication helps to suppress the symptoms of withdrawal. Suboxone works to eliminate those feelings so that the individual can move towards operating without being dependent on Fentanyl.
MAT offers many benefits. The process is cost-effective because there is no need for hospitalization. Also, because it is an outpatient treatment, patients can get the help they need on their own time rather than having to live in a rehabilitation center. Diablo Valley works to make the detox process easier for patients who have struggled with a dependence on Fentanyl or other opioids. Email or call today to start the road to becoming free from Fentanyl dependence.