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Fentanyl Withdrawal Symptoms

Fentanyl withdrawal symptoms can be intense, difficult to withstand and potentially dangerous. Detox should not be attempted without some form of medical supervision. This powerful narcotic analgesic is meant to treat breakthrough pain caused by cancer and should only be prescribed to those already opiate tolerant. The most common method of Fentanyl administration is a transmucosal patch (Duragesic).

Dependence and tolerance to Fentanyl can occur quickly, even when the medication is used short term. Due to the potent nature of this drug, it has the potential to become habit forming and is often subject to abuse and misuse. Fentanyl abuse can produce feelings of euphoria and contentment that make it extremely susceptible for recreational use.

Coming Off Fentanyl Can Produce Painful Symptoms Physically And Psychologically

When patients are dependent upon or addicted to Fentanyl and their use stops, they will likely experience some level of Fentanyl withdrawal. Length and severity of this depends on the circumstances of the person’s use, how long they have been using and their dosage.

Symptoms of Fentanyl withdrawal can include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Constipation
  • Sweating
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of appetite
  • Muscle and bone pain
  • Rapid breathing
  • Runny nose
  • Tremors

Patients will experience the most intense and difficult physical symptoms during the initial phase of withdrawal. It’s during these first few days that patients are most vulnerable and the intensity of the physical symptoms may be too much to handle. It’s often the case that patients return to use (relapse) during withdrawal if they’re not seeking help. Guidance during this process is imperative to eliminate the possibility for risks such as respiratory problems, seizures and possible Fentanyl overdose.

Fentanyl withdrawal isn’t limited to physical symptoms alone. There’s the possibility for severe psychological symptoms to occur as well. These often occur after the physical withdrawal process begins and tend to linger longer. They’re usually a result of the drug’s impact on the chemical makeup of the brain. Characteristics of a psychological Fentanyl withdrawal can include depression, insomnia and high levels of anxiety. These symptoms can be debilitating, and if left untreated, can leave the patient vulnerable to relapse.

Long-Term Recovery Is Possible With The Right Help

A well-rounded approach to treatment is the best option for lasting recovery. Waismann Method Treatment can offer patients a thorough, safe and effective detox. Our rapid detoxification eliminates opiates from the body in less than two hours while patients are deeply sedated. Following a 3-to-5-day hospital stay, patients will attend the Domus Retreat for 2-to-7 days where the psychological component of their addiction will be addressed. Patients leave ready and equipped to lead a productive, opiate-free life.

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