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Fentanyl

What is Fentanyl?

Fentanyl (also known as fentanil and sold under the brand names Sublimaze, Durogesic, Actiq and more), is a narcotic analgesic. It is available by prescription in varying dosages depending on the condition and the doctor's recommendation.

Fentanyl is extremely potent, more than 100 times stronger than morphine, and should be used with diligence and only under close supervision by a doctor.

Uses for Fentanyl

Fentanyl is used to treat severe pain, chronic pain and post-surgical pain. It is also used on patients who have shown a high tolerance to other opiates. It works by targeting specific receptors in the brain and spinal cord to decrease physical and emotional response to pain.

Fentanyl is available in many forms, including a pill, patch and lollipop. It is also available intravenously when administered while a patient is under anesthetic. Intravenous fentanyl has been used in the treatment of cancer pain.

Possible Side Effects of Fentanyl

Side effects of fentanyl include nausea, vomiting, constipation, dizziness, headache, weakness, fatigue, drowsiness, swelling in hands and feet, pain or sores in the mouth where a tablet was placed and more. Allergic reactions may cause symptoms such as shallow breathing, skin paleness, lightheadedness, rapid heart rate, thirstiness, feeling hot, difficulty urinating, heavy sweating and more.

Get emergency medical help immediately if symptoms of allergic reaction arise and report any side effects to your doctor.

Certain medications, such as cold medication, allergy medication, sleeping pills and sedatives, muscle relaxers, seizure medication and depression and anxiety medication can increase drowsiness experienced when taking fentanyl. Tell your doctor if you are on any other medications before taking fentanyl.

Warnings About Fentanyl

The information listed here regarding fentanyl is for reference purposes only, and should not be used in place of medical advice. Always consult a doctor before introducing a new medication into your health regimen for correct dosage and treatment information, proper monitoring and further side effects or possible interactions with other medications.

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