About Fentanyl Withdrawal
Fentanyl withdrawal should be handled in a drug detox center as the process can be uncomfortable and even dangerous. When an individual goes through withdrawal, their tolerance level begins to fall. This can cause the addict to mistakenly overdose should they relapse. A fatal dose of fenyanyl can cause respiratory depression that leads to coma and death. There are several medications that detox patients can use under medical supervision which can greatly reduce the side effects caused by fentanyl withdrawal and, therefore, reduce drug cravings. Some of these medications are buprenorphine and naltrexone. Both these drugs work within the brain to minimize pleasurable sensations of fentanyl use and reduce the desire to seek opiate drugs like fentanyl. Clonodine can also be used to treat intense drug-seeking behaviors by limiting cravings.
When treating individuals that have past opioid addictions there is the risk that their lifestyle has exposed them to diseases and other illness. This will require medical professionals treating the individuals’ fentanyl withdrawal to carefully consider a treatment plan. One such intervention would be avoiding the addition of drugs for the treatment of addiction that may trigger a response that increases the risk of seizures or other dangerous side effects. Should you have a loved one who you suspect needs treatment for fentanyl addiction or other opiate addiction treatments, call us today for more information.
Fentanyl Withdrawal Detox
Individuals in drug detox centers in Huntington Beach are carefully monitored all day and night by skilled staff. This ensures that any issues that may crop up during the initial days and weeks of fentanyl withdrawal can be addressed quickly. The amount of time an individual requires to successfully detox from opiates will depend on several factors: how long they have been abusing the drug, the amount they are using with each dose and the presence of other opiates or illicit drugs in their system when fentanyl drug detox starts.
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About Fentanyl Addiction
Fentanyl is an opioid created by pharmaceutical companies to provide some of the most powerful pain relief for difficult to treat conditions. Fentanyl is often prescribed to treat surgical pain and pain from certain cancers that are not easily managed with other, less potent opiates. It is considered to be a short-acting opiate and works well blocking pain perception in the brain. Fentanyl is dispensed by different methods. The most popular formulation is a transdermal patch that works well for slow release of the drug over a span of days. Another form of fentanyl is a long-lasting lollipop designed for younger patients and those that cannot tolerate injections well. Fentanyl also comes in a dissolvable tablet or mouth spray that are used orally.
The temptation to abuse fentanyl can be attractive as it provides lasting relief from emotional pain and stress, leaving the individual feeling relaxed and comfortable. As an individual begins to play with the dosing of their medication, the risk of developing a tolerance that leads to full-blown fentanyl addiction increases greatly. Fentanyl use triggers the reward centers in the brain and can cause drug craving behaviors to develop.
Side Effects of Fentanyl Withdrawal
Not all who go through drug detox and experience fentanyl withdrawal symptoms will have all of the below-listed symptoms. There are several influencing factors that will directly impact an individuals experience with fentanyl withdrawal. The presence of co-occurring substance addictions and the length of drug addiction can have a huge impact on the withdrawal process.
- Nausea and vomiting
- Stomach cramps and diarrhea
- Muscle aches and joint pain
- Sweating and hot flashes
- Goosebumps and cold flashes
- Excessive tearing and yawning
- General weakness and fatigue
- Anxiety with agitation
- Intense fentanyl cravings
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