Duragesic Abuse: Signs, Symptoms & Side Effects

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Duragesic is a pain-relieving medication. It is typically given to patients who are experiencing severe, ongoing pain such as cancer-related pain. Duragesic is classified as an opioid analgesic and is effective because it changes how the brain and body respond to pain.

Common side effects of Duragesic include nausea, vomiting, constipation, lightheadedness, dizziness, drowsiness, headaches, and mild irritation or redness at the application site. Most of these common Duragesic side effects should go away after the medication has been used for a while. If they do not go away, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Serious Duragesic side effects are relatively uncommon, but patients may still experience them. Serious Duragesic side effects can include mental changes, agitation, confusion, hallucinations, severe stomach or abdominal pain, difficulty urinating, slow or irregular heartbeat, loss of appetite, unusual tiredness, and weight loss. Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these serious side effects.

Get medical attention immediately if you experience fainting, seizures, slow or shallow breathing, severe drowsiness, and difficulty waking up after using Duragesic.

Duragesic Abuse: Signs, Symptoms & Side Effects
Duragesic patients who use the medication responsibly are still at risk of developing a Duragesic addiction. You may notice certain signs, such as becoming obsessed with finding and using Duragesic and losing interest in the hobbies and activities you once enjoyed. If you start to notice these Duragesic addiction signs, seek professional help as soon as possible.
One long-term effect of using Duragesic is developing a tolerance to the medication. This is because, over time, the brain becomes accustomed to the opiate effects Duragesic generates. After being repeatedly exposed to the drug, the brain’s neurons become less sensitive to the effects of Duragesic and more of the drug is needed to produce the same pain-relieving effects. In addition, other narcotic pain relievers may become less effective after long-term Duragesic use.

Long-term use of Duragesic and an increased tolerance also predisposes patients to developing a Duragesic addiction. This may cause them to engage in drug-seeking behavior, characterized by abusing Duragesic or other opioid analgesics in order to produce the same euphoric effects that they are used to.

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