Fentanyl Canada is a narcotic opioid that acts on the brain and spinal cord to manage intense chronic pain. It is typically prescribed to patients who feel no effect from other pain-relieving medications, or have built up a tolerance to alternative, but less powerful opioid medications, such as morphine or oxycontin. It is also used by cancer patients when taken alongside other non-fentanyl narcotics, or as an anesthetic.
Fentanyl is a Schedule II prescription drug, implying that it has a medically accepted reason for prescription; a high potential for abuse; and may lead to critical physical or psychological dependence.
Here are some other facts about fentanyl:
Although the drug has many positive uses, it also abused by many. When used in surgery as an anesthetic, the standard dose is 100 micrograms, which lasts for 30 – 60 minutes. As a painkiller, it is mostly absorbed via a skin patch to offer relief for up to 72 hours. It works slowly, spreading throughout the body within the 72 hours, which some users may mistake for low potency, leading to an overdose.
Fentanyl is also used to cut heroin to create a more potent product. Although some heroin addicts are aware of the likelihood of fentanyl being added to the heroin they buy, they have no way of knowing the amount used, increasing the risk of a fatal overdose.
Fentanyl has a powerful effect on the central nervous system than can be rather pleasurable, which is another reason why some people abuse it. Some symptoms of fentanyl overdose include:
When too much of the drug is taken at once, the lungs collapse in respiratory depression and the afflicted person ceases to breathe, causing the heart to eventually stop beating.
Different users get addicted at different rates. While some people try to prevent addiction by letting a certain amount of time pass between usages, others feel compelled to use fentanyl continuously once they start.
The experience of Fentanyl addiction is similar to that of any other drug. But because it is more potent than other drugs, and has highly pleasurable effects, many individuals don’t know they’ve become addicted until it is too late.
It is extremely difficult to stop taking fentanyl once you become addicted, unless you get proper help. At Canadian Addiction Rehab, we combine the benefits of a serene environment with highly trained, experienced, and compassionate staff to help you or your loved one overcome the problems associated with Fentanyl.