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What are the symptoms of fentanyl withdrawal?

Fentanyl withdrawal symptoms were originally a prescription pain reliever for drug-addicted people, but the streets were flooded with illegal fentanyl to sell this highly lethal drug to its unsuspecting users.

What is fentanyl?

An opioid pain reliever (OPR), fentanyl is 100 times stronger than morphine. Also intended to relieve severe pain, fentanyl blocks pain receptors in the brain and increases the production of dopamine (the chemical that stimulates happiness). This makes the drug highly addictive, like other OPRs. Illegal drug dealers use this synthetic opioid as a way to increase efficacy and reduce cost by stealthy mixing fentanyl with other substances, especially heroin. Tragically, improper measurement of fentanyl can easily lead to overdose and death.

Fentanyl goes by many different street names, including Apache, China Girl, China White, Dance Fever, Friend, Goodfella, Jackpot, Murder 8, TNT, Tango, and Cash. Fentanyl is also falsely presented as other commonly sold drugs, such as heroin and Xanax.

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Fentanyl addiction

Because of its effectiveness, anyone who uses fentanyl is at risk of developing addiction, whether it has been prescribed to them or not. So its heroin-like effects have made it a popular filler for dealers to get rid of and help retain customers. This leads more users to unknowingly expose themselves to the effects of fentanyl and become addicted to a drug they don’t even know they are taking.

When this is the case, it can be more difficult to be alert, make withdrawals, or even dose properly. It creates countless addicts who can inadvertently overdose at any moment. This is a challenge, not just for the person with the addiction, but for clinics and first responders, because it’s hard to treat something they don’t know exists.

Effects of Fentanyl Use (Fentanyl Withdrawal Symptoms)

Like other opioids, fentanyl also works by binding to the areas of the brain that control pain and emotion. This results in a significant increase in dopamine levels in the reward areas of the brain, resulting in a state of euphoria, relaxation and sleepiness. The drug is prescribed to patients with severe pain, often due to severe cancer treatments or severe physical trauma. It is also sometimes used to treat chronic pain in patients who are physically tolerant of other opioids. The drug has side effects like any other prescription drug. They include but are not limited to:

sweating
drowsiness or tiredness
Difficulty concentrating
narrow pupils
physical weakness
nausea
Itchy
shallow or irregular breaths
slowed heart rate
dry mouth
skin redness
Constipation
dry mouth
allergic reaction
fever
Worried

While many are tempted by the effects of fentanyl, a fatal overdose of this drug is all too easy. Also, the lethal dose of fentanyl is only 2 milligrams, which is one tenth of a lethal dose of heroin. The CDC reported more than 20,000 deaths in 2016 related to fentanyl and its analogs. States like Florida are beginning to treat the handling of fentanyl as attempted murder, and even charge dealers with murder if they can be linked to a victim who died of a fentanyl overdose.

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Fentanyl addiction treatment

Also, treatment varies based on the chosen clinic. It is highly recommended that no one treat this severe addiction alone. Detoxing can be intense for any addiction, but for something as strong as fentanyl, it’s often more intense. So the right clinic can provide a medical solution to manage withdrawal symptoms and protect you from unnecessary harm.

Recovering from fentanyl addiction, especially one that developed inadvertently, does not simply mean sobriety. It means getting your life back, finding purpose, and re-establishing connections that may have been damaged by addiction.

If you or a family member is looking for help, contact them today. Dedicated treatment providers are available around the clock.

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