Actiq RAPID DETOX UNDER SEDATION
Patients wanting to be totally opiate free reach out to us. We detox all opiates, rather than substituting one opiate with another opiate.
Actiq Rapid detox under sedation is a medical detoxification treatment offered by All Opiates Detox for patients dependent on the opiate Actiq. It consists of sedating the patient and removing Actiq from the brain receptor while the patient is sleeping. Acute withdrawals are precipitated with an opiate blocker. These withdrawals will pass during the sedation period. Once the withdrawals are over, and the brain receptors are free of the opiate Actiq, a Naltrexone blocker is placed to prevent any opiates from getting back into the brain receptor.
The blocker of choice used at All Opiates Detox is a Naltrexone implant. Dr. George prefers the Naltrexone implant blocker for several reasons. First, the Naltrexone implant lasts approximately two months, as opposed to Vivitrol (lasts about 28 days) or tablets (have to be taken daily). Another reason our physicians prefer the implant over the injection is for patients that may not be able to tolerate Naltrexone due to side effects, sensitivity or allergies. The implant can be removed from under the skin, whereas the injection stays in the body for about 28 days and therefore cannot be removed once it is administered. It is recommended to remain on Naltrexone maintenance therapy for at least one year to allow the brain to heal from the damage caused by the drug use and abuse.
Our success rate is near 100% for helping patients detox off opiates without the excruciating pain and discomfort of the withdrawals. Aftercare consisting of the Naltrexone opiate blocker, psychotherapy, and 12 step programs are recommended to ensure long-term abstinence and success.
Actiq is an opiate used for opioid-tolerant patients for breakthrough pain in cancer patients. It is indicated only for patients tolerant to and already taking around the clock opioids for their persistent underlying cancer pain. Actiq is a solid form of Fentanyl citrate on a plastic stick. It is a synthetic opioid formulated as a berry-flavored lollipop that dissolves when placed in the mouth. About 25% of Actiq is absorbed through the buccal mucosa, and the rest is absorbed through the small intestines. Other forms of Fentanyl absorbed through the mucosal cavity are available as lozenges, sublingual dissolving tablets (brand name Abstral), and sublingual spray.
Actiq is absorbed through the mucosa while it’s being consumed, so it has a very rapid onset of 3-5 minutes. Its peak effect is about 45 minutes after the start of administration. Actiq duration of action is 2-3 hours.
Actiq SIDE EFFECTS
Actiq has been linked to tooth decay due to its sugar content. Common side effects include diarrhea, constipation, dry mouth, confusion, nausea, weakness, drowsiness, sweating, dizziness, and flu-like symptoms,
Serious side effects may include dyspnea (shortness of breath), hypoventilation, and respiratory depression.
Actiq withdrawal symptoms start about 6-24 hours after the last dose and become more excruciating around 24-48 hours later. Withdrawals last for at least seven days, and symptoms can continue weeks after the last dose used.
Early, mild withdrawal symptoms are muscle aches, runny nose, sweating and difficulty sleeping. The worst, more intense, physical symptoms include bone pain, diarrhea, muscle pain, and vomiting.
Many Actiq deaths have resulted from improper medical use and abuse. Actiq overdose symptoms include choking sounds, bluish fingernails, and lips, loss of consciousness, pale face, pinpoint pupils, seizures, slow breathing, slow heart rate, unresponsive, coma and death. The overdose symptoms of slow heart rate and respiratory depression present the biggest risk of death or permanent damage for the Actiq user.
Respiratory depression can lead to hypoxia, and permanent brain damage can result from the hypoxia. Thus, even if a user survives an Actiq (Fentanyl citrate) overdose, these side effects may leave permanent damage.
Actiq is very potent, 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and some fentanyl analogs may be as much as 10,000 times more potent than morphine. In addition to being very potent on its own, Actiq is prescribed in addition to other around the clock opiate medications. Due to its high potency, fast onset of action, short duration and use with other opiates, Actiq abuse is responsible for many deaths. Improper use and abuse of Actiq can lead to dependence, tolerance, and addiction.
Opiates can be habit-forming, causing not only physical but also psychological dependence. Withdrawals may occur if the dose of the opioids is reduced or discontinued after long-term use.
Once the patient develops a tolerance, it becomes even more difficult to stop using due to the withdrawals. Symptoms of withdrawals are an indication of physical dependence and addiction to the opiate Actiq. Most patients describe withdrawals as the worst, most frightening experience one will ever encounter.
One can only imagine the excruciating pain when the opiate user says that they’d rather die than go through the withdrawals. Actiq physical dependence symptoms lead to psychological dependence. That is when addiction takes over the mind and life of the opiate user.
Improper use and abuse of Actiq can lead to dependence, tolerance, and addiction.
Opiates can be habit forming, causing not only physical, but also psychological dependence. Withdrawals may occur if the dose of the opiates is reduced or discontinued after long term use.
Using opiates for an extended period of time can lead to tolerance, where the user needs to increase the dosage of their opiates to achieve the desired effect, whether the desired effect is pain control or euphoria.
Once the patient develops a tolerance, it becomes even more difficult to stop using due to the withdrawals. Symptoms of withdrawals are an indication of physical dependence and addiction to the opiate Actiq. Most patients describe withdrawals as the worst, most frightening experience one will ever encounter. One can only imagine the excruciating pain when the opiate user says that they’d rather die than go through the withdrawals. Actiq physical dependence symptoms, such as withdrawals, lead to psychological dependence. That is when addiction takes over the mind and life of the Actiq opiate user.
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