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Fentanyl is the generic name of such brand names as Sublimaze and Actiq. In the opioid family, fentanyl and other such classified drugs are the driving cause for the addiction epidemic in the United States. So serious is the problem that the leading cause of accidental death in America is drug overdose.

Painkillers have had something to do with a 152% emergency room visit increase through a four-year span. Truth be told, nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers has been reported by approximately 4.7 million Americans. While you do need a prescription to legally use fentanyl, as with other opioids, it is sold illicitly on the street by dealers, stolen from family members’ medicine cabinets, traded recreationally, and more.

What is Fentanyl?

Fentanyl is used to medicate pain and can also be used as an anesthesia when combined with other medications. It is classified as an opioid. Frequently mixed with cocaine or heroin, it is also used as a recreational drug. Effects usually last less than two hours and it has a rapid onset. Medically, fentanyl is used by tablet or lozenge absorption through the cheek, skin patch, nasal spray, or by injection.

There are numerous street names for fentanyl, including the following:

  • Tango and Cash
  • Murder 8
  • Jackpot
  • Goodfella
  • Friend
  • Dance Fever
  • China White
  • China Girl
  • Apache

What are the Side Effects of Fentanyl Addiction?

Fentanyl use and abuse are extraordinarily dangerous. Death and overdose are the most severe effects of addiction and abuse. Suppressed breathing is possibly one of the most dangerous symptoms of overdose.

Other symptoms of a fentanyl addiction and/or abuse can be as follows:

  • Extreme tiredness
  • Cramps
  • Muscle pain
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Lightheadedness
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Excessive coughing
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Fainting
  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Convulsions
  • Chest pain
  • Blurred vision and more

Understanding Fentanyl Overdose

An opioid overdose can be at least partially if not completely reversed by Naloxone. Particularly in children, but to others as well, accidental exposure to fentanyl can have life-threatening effects. Unfortunately, accidental exposure is not uncommon.

Symptoms of a fentanyl overdose can include the following:

  • Chest pain or heart problems
  • Stroke
  • Kidney failure
  • Breathing irregularities
  • Tremors or seizures
  • Hallucinations or paranoia
  • Extreme agitation or anxiety
  • Nausea and vomiting

Back in the mid-70s, fentanyl began being used illicitly and continues to be used and abused recreationally today. Identified in the drug traffic of the United States are over a dozen fentanyl analogues – all clandestinely produced and unapproved.


How to Treat Fentanyl Addiction

Unfortunately, withdrawal symptoms from fentanyl can be exceedingly unpleasant, not to mention dangerous. Some of the symptoms usually experienced can be as follows:

  • Body muscle aches
  • Insomnia
  • Hot flashes
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Severe abdominal pain and more

Fortunately, there are programs and organizations that can assist those addicted with breaking the cycle and kicking the habit. Medications are frequently used to detox from fentanyl, which should be done in a controlled, safe manner under the direction of qualified medical personnel.

Why Work with Spark To Recovery?

At Spark To Recovery, we provide each of our clients with an individualized, detailed treatment plan and offer a full continuum of care. To fit the needs of each individual, the plans are custom-made. We will help addicts learn the much-needed skills and tools necessary to break free from addiction and once again be able to enjoy life.

Start fentanyl addiction therapy today. Call Spark To Recovery at 818-849-5467 today if you want to schedule an appointment with us.

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