Abstral is a medication given to patients to relieve any sudden or breakthrough pain they experience while also taking opioid pain relievers around-the-clock for cancer-related pain.
Abstral is classified as an opioid analgesic and changes the way the brain and body respond to pain.
Patients who are new to taking Abstral may notice side effects when they begin taking the medication. More common side effects of Abstral include nausea, vomiting, constipation, lightheadedness, dizziness, drowsiness, and headache. These should all subside after your body becomes used to the presence of Abstral. If they do not subside or get worse, tell your doctor as soon as possible.
Although relatively uncommon, there is also a risk for serious side effects after taking Abstral. Serious Abstral side effects include mental changes, agitation, confusion, hallucinations, severe stomach or abdominal pain, difficulty urinating, loss of appetite, unusual tiredness and weight loss. Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these serious side effects.
Seek medical attention immediately if you notice fainting, seizures, slow or shallow breathing, severe drowsiness, and difficulty waking up after taking Abstral.
Having a severe allergic reaction to Abstral is rare, but it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible if you notice signs of a serious allergic reaction after taking Abstral. These signs often include a rash, itching or swelling of the face or tongue, severe dizziness, and trouble breathing.
Abstral patients who take the medication exactly as directed by their doctors are still at risk of developing a physical dependence or psychological addiction. Get professional help as soon as possible if you suspect you or someone you love is beginning misuse of Abstral. Signs of Abstral addiction and misuse are losing interest in the hobbies and activities you once found enjoyable and becoming obsessed with finding and taking the drug. Spotting an Abstral addiction in the early stages is very important, as it is much easier for patients to recover if the substance use disorder is identified early on.
If you no longer wish to continue taking Abstral, set up a meeting with your doctor to discuss the next steps in your treatment. In most cases, the doctor will gradually lower the patient’s dose over time, so their body learns to respond to lowering amounts of the medication. You should never abruptly stop taking Abstral, as this can put you at greater risk for experiencing unwanted withdrawal symptoms. In addition, your Abstral dose levels and treatment schedule should never be changed unless your doctor advises you to do so.
The Recovery Village has many treatment options and resources available for people looking to recover from Abstral addiction or dependence. Before a patient enters either inpatient or outpatient Abstral rehab, they must first undergo a medically assisted detox. Once all the Abstral is safely removed from the patient’s body, they will be able to participate in group and individual counseling as well as recreational activities during their time at The Recovery Village.
Inpatient Abstral rehab is a program which requires patients to live on campus at one of The Recovery Village’s designated inpatient centers during their recovery. This treatment option is especially helpful for patients with severe Abstral addiction or those who may find it difficult to recover at home, due to external distractions. In the inpatient Abstral rehab program, patients will learn how to cope with their unique Abstral addiction challenges with guidance from professionally trained staff.
After finishing inpatient Abstral rehab, patients are then placed into the outpatient rehab program. In outpatient Abstral rehab, patients live at home and attend scheduled treatment appointments at The Recovery Village. Sometimes, patients with less severe Abstral reliance may choose to begin their recovery with outpatient Abstral rehab and skip the inpatient program entirely.
Finding the right Abstral rehab center for you is an important step on the road to recovery. To make an informed decision, it is recommended patients set up a meeting with their doctors to identify what features they should look for in an Abstral rehab center.
If you or someone you know is suffering from Abstral addiction or another substance use disorder, get help as soon as possible. The Recovery Village has many resources for those looking to live a happier, healthier, substance-free life.
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