Drugs based on Anilidopiperidine can bring wonderful relief to those who have unremitting, serious pain. There is usually no side effect except pain relief itself.
On the other hand, when those drugs are misused by persons seeking a high, they are quite addictive and extremely dangerous.
Fentanyl and its analogs (those drugs that are very similar) are classified by the U.S. government as being a Schedule II drug, which means:
Intravenous fentanyl is used in the operating room, intensive care wards and other pre-hospital medical settings. Fentanyl is used to begin anesthesia, along with drugs like propofol. It is also used with other drugs for procedures like endoscopy, oral surgery, etc.
The Fentanyl transdermal patch is very effective in treating long-lasting, chronic moderate to severe pain. It is often used by cancer and arthritis patients. The patch releases the drug through the skin and into the body’s fats, which then release the drug slowly over 48 to 72 hours.
Lozenges are sold on a stick and resemble a child’s lollipop. The drug dissolves slowly within the mouth. The lozenges are made for opioid-tolerant patients. There is also a spray to use inside the mouth.
Fentanyl patches are used for pain relief in the following cases:
Fentanyl is a very potent drug and should be used and stored with extreme care. Young children have died because of accidental exposure to Fentanyl.
In some communities, there is a medication take-back program that will safely dispose of any medication. If no program is available, the used patches should be folded in half with the medication side in and then flushed down a toilet.
New, unused patches must be locked in a cabinet or locking container and be kept away from other family members or visitors to the home.
Some Fentanyl patches have been known to be defective, with more of the active drug entering the body faster than normal.
Patients must never wear more than one patch at a time. If necessary, a family member should supervise the removal, disposal and reapplication of a new patch.
If too much Fentanyl is delivered, patients breathing can become slowed or stopped altogether — a possibly fatal outcome.
The misuse of Fentanyl began in the 1970s among members of the medical community. As a sign of its popularity among illicit drug users, more than a dozen analogs (those with very similar or identical composition) have been developed by illegal drug labs. The effect of Fentanyl is similar to that of heroin, although it is reported that there is a reduced “high” effect and a more pronounced painkilling effect.
Fentanyl can cause death. Because Fentanyl is a very short-acting drug, those who use it regularly become addicted very quickly. It may be hundreds of times stronger than heroin available on the street and it can give the user much worse respiration depression. That effect makes Fentanyl more dangerous than heroin to recreational users.
Most drug abusers eat the drug from the patch, rather than apply it to the skin as intended. If the drug is applied to the skin, there is no “high” effect, only pain killing.
By taking in orally all of the three-day supply of the drug at one time, overdose is a constant danger. The drug can also be smoked, snorted or injected. Some drug dealers sell Fentanyl as heroin, which leads to more overdoses.
To overcome this abuse, the inventor of the Fentanyl patch designed a new Duragesic patch. This patch delivers the drug throughout the plastic matrix, instead of putting the entire drug into a reservoir as in the old patch. The new design makes abuse by drug users much less likely, as they are unable to access enough of the drug to produce the effects they seek.
The common symptoms of withdrawal generally last one week and include:
It is crucial to begin supervised detox if a user is addicted to Fentanyl. The chance of overdose leading to death is high. Detox should be done on an inpatient basis, under close medical supervision.
At DrugRehabilitation.net we provide information and professional, successful addiction treatment programs for the solution to addiction. Contact us today at
1 (269) 704-7243 or simply fill out the short form below:
All of Your Information is 100% Confidential