Duragesic Patch Addiction and Sedation Detoxification

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Duragesic RAPID DETOX UNDER SEDATION

Patients wanting to be opiate free reach out to us. We detox all opiates, rather than substituting one opiate with another opiate. Rapid detox under sedation is a medical detoxification treatment offered by All Opiates Detox for patients dependent on the opiate Duragesic. It consists of sedating the patient and removing Duragesic 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 Duragesic, 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.

Duragesic DETAILS

The Duragesic Patch (also called Fentanyl patch) is an opiate used as an anesthetic and to treat severe pain. Initially, Duragesic was introduced as a very safe injectable general anesthetic and then decades later, as topical patches for severe pain. Later it was available as lozenges, lollipops (tradename Actiq), dissolving tablets, and sublingual spray which are absorbed through the mucosal cavity.

The purpose of the Duragesic patch was to provide up to 72 hours of continuous pain control and was prescribed mainly for use in palliative, cancer patients. As of 2012, Duragesic was the most widely used synthetic opioid in medicine. Duragesic has a rapid onset and short duration of action. Duragesic is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, and some Duragesic analogs may be as much as 10,000 times more potent than morphine.

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Duragesic SIDE EFFECTS

Common side effects include diarrhea, constipation, dry mouth, confusion, nausea, weakness, somnolence, sweating, dizziness, and flu-like symptoms. Serious side effects may consist of dyspnea (shortness of breath), hypoventilation, and respiratory depression.

Duragesic WITHDRAWALS

Physical symptoms of Duragesic withdrawals begin about 12 hours after the last dose and depends on the amount taken and the route of administration (the patch is long-acting since it’s released slowly). Muscle aches, runny nose, sweating and difficulty sleeping are early, mild, withdrawal symptoms. The worst, more intense, physical symptoms include bone pain, diarrhea, muscle pain, and vomiting. Mood swings, depression, and anxiety are psychological symptoms experienced in the peak stages of withdrawals.

Duragesic OVERDOSE

Duragesic is illicitly manufactured and used as a recreational drug often mixed with heroin, leading to overdose deaths. Duragesic is very potent, 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and some Duragesic analogs may be as much as 10,000 times more potent than morphine. Many Duragesic deaths have resulted from improper medical use and abuse.

Duragesic 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 Duragesic user.

Respiratory depression can lead to hypoxia, and permanent brain damage can result from the hypoxia. Thus, even if a user survives a Duragesic overdose, these side effects may leave permanent damage.

Duragesic ABUSE

Duragesic is often mixed with heroin and used recreationally, leading to overdose deaths. Duragesic is very potent, 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and some Duragesic analogs may be as much as 10,000 times more potent than morphine. Due to its high potency, Duragesic abuse is responsible for many deaths.

Improper use and abuse of Duragesic 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 can lead to tolerance, where the user needs to increase the dosage of their opiates to achieve the desired effect, whether the desired result 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 Duragesic. 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. Duragesic physical dependence symptoms, such as withdrawals, lead to psychological dependence. That is when addiction takes over the mind and life of the Duragesic, opiate user.

Improper use and abuse of Duragesic 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 Duragesic . 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. Duragesic physical dependence symptoms, such as withdrawals, lead to psychological dependence. That is when addiction takes over the mind and life of the Duragesic opiate user.

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