How Long Does Actiq (Fentanyl) Stay In Your System?
Actiq affects the brain and body similarly to morphine and other opioids but more powerfully. When someone takes Actiq, it binds to opioid receptors and changes how pain signals are sent and sensed throughout their body. Actiq slows functions of the central nervous system and can create a euphoric high in some patients. The active ingredient in Actiq, fentanyl, can cause people to feel drowsy and nod off as well. Side effects of fentanyl might include nausea, constipation and confusion. Other side effects may include serotonin syndrome, low blood pressure and the development of dependence and addiction. Actiq, which comes as a lozenge swab, works very quickly. The fast onset of action is one reason that Actiq is helpful for severe cancer breakthrough pain but also one of the reasons this particular version of fentanyl can be very addictive.
With any drug including Actiq, some things influence how long it can stay in the system of the patient. Some of these factors influencing drug elimination time include:
- Age: The half-life of drugs is usually significantly longer in older people as compared to younger people. This is because of factors like rental and hepatic dysfunction.
- Body fat: Someone with a lot of body fat will tend to see an accumulation of fentanyl in their system, but on the other hand, a taller, larger person who might not have a lot of body fat can eliminate drugs more quickly than a smaller person.
- Genetics: Sometimes how long a person eliminates Actiq or any other substance from their system is because of their genetic makeup as well as their metabolism.
- Hydration: If someone is well-hydrated, they’re likely going to eliminate substances from their systems more quickly than someone who isn’t. Being hydrated allows the drug to move more quickly through the system and be eliminated through urine.
Also relevant to how long Actiq stays in your system are things like how it was used, the dosage and how often it’s used. If someone has taken certain other drugs, substances or even particular food or drink before, during or after taking Actiq, this can influence elimination time too.
Actiq’s active ingredient fentanyl may not show up in a standard five-panel drug test because it doesn’t metabolize into morphine. However, Actiq and fentanyl can be tested for specifically on drug testing panels. Actiq might show up in a urine test for up to 72 hours after it’s used, but it’s highly variable depending on the individual. In a hair test, the use of most drugs being tested for can show up for as long as 90 days after the drug is used. Hair follicle tests have the longest detection windows among drug tests. Blood tests, on the other hand, have the shortest detection window in most cases. Fentanyl use might show up in a blood test a few minutes after it’s used, but it wouldn’t be detectable for more than a day in most people. In some cases, it could show up for a few days after it was used.
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