Treating Chronic Pain with Fentanyl

Fentanyl, which is administered in the Duragesic Patch, is a powerful narcotic painkiller that is commonly abused. It is also available as a lozenge, pill, shot, a dissolving film and intravenous solution. When less potent medications have proven ineffective, doctors may prescribe the Duragesic Patch for long-lasting relief from intense and chronic pain.

The Duragesic Patch is a transdermal form of medication that provides 72 hours of continuous pain relief. Some common side effects of Duragesic include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Hallucinations
  • Headaches
  • Impaired breathing
  • Nausea
  • Sweating

Fentanyl Abuse

Fentanyl abuse produces feelings of euphoria and relaxation by altering brain chemistry, followed by periods of depression and irritability. Once tolerance to the drug develops, users need larger quantities just to feel normal. Fentanyl has been associated with drug overdoses, particularly when combined with heroin or cocaine.

Addiction to Fentanyl (Duragesic)

Fentanyl is highly addictive. Once a user becomes addicted to Fentanyl, they lose the ability to make rational decisions and control their drug use. Prolonged Fentanyl abuse destroys the natural pleasure centers in the brain, making it difficult for the Fentanyl addict to experience positive feelings without using drugs.

Because of its potency, attempts to stop using drugs without entering Fentanyl rehab will be unsuccessful. Little by little, Fentanyl addicts find themselves losing interest in family, friends, work and life goals so that they can spend all of their time finding and abusing Fentanyl.

Treatment for Fentanyl addiction must be holistic in nature, emphasizing physical, emotional and spiritual healing. Drug rehab programs may provide medication for a comfortable Fentanyl detox, counseling to address any underlying issues, and life skills and coping skills training to prevent relapse.