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Duragesic is a medication used by patients to relieve ongoing severe pain, such as pain due to cancer. Duragesic is classified as an opioid analgesic, which means it is an effective pain reliever because it can influence how the brain and body respond to pain.

Patients who begin treatment with Duragesic may notice some side effects after starting the medication. Common side effects of Duragesic include nausea, vomiting, constipation, lightheadedness, dizziness, drowsiness, headaches, and mild irritation or redness at the application site. In most cases, these common side effects will go away after your body adjusts to Duragesic. If these common Duragesic side effects persist or worsen over time, be sure to let your doctor or pharmacist know right away.

Although they are uncommon, some patients experience more serious side effects after using Duragesic. Serious Duragesic side effects 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. Let your doctor know right away if any of these serious side effects occur.

Seek professional medical attention if you notice the following after using Duragesic: fainting, seizure, slow or shallow breathing, severe drowsiness, and difficulty waking up.

Duragesic Abuse: Signs, Symptoms & Side Effects
If you are interested in stopping your Duragesic treatment, set up a meeting with your doctor so that they can gradually lower your Duragesic dosage over time. This tapering off strategy will help your body adequately adjust to less and less of the medication. Duragesic should never be stopped suddenly or “cold turkey,” as this can produce unwanted withdrawal symptoms.
Common Duragesic withdrawal symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, coughing, tearing, nasal discharge, profuse sweating, twitching muscles, and yawning. Remember, do not suddenly stop taking Duragesic as these common Duragesic withdrawal symptoms may become enhanced and more uncomfortable.
It typically takes patients anywhere from 5 to 7 days to fully detox from Duragesic. This timeline can be extended for up to 10 days for some patients if needed. Some Duragesic patients may experience a longer or shorter withdrawal timeline depending on their unique physiology. Factors that contribute to how long you may experience withdrawal symptoms include your age, metabolism, organ functions, how long you have been using Duragesic, your Duragesic dosage levels, and more.
If you are having difficulties managing Duragesic withdrawal symptoms, you may want to enter a medically assisted detoxification program. This provides patients with a safe place where they can detox from Duragesic while they access medically trained staff. Each patient experiences Duragesic withdrawal differently and you should never be afraid to ask for help during this difficult time.
It is always recommended that patients keep a current list of their medications on hand and share this information with their doctor. The list should also include herbal products, over-the-counter drugs, and any substances that you use recreationally since these can all potentially cause an interaction with Duragesic. Do not start taking any new medications while you are using Duragesic without first consulting with your doctor.

Products which may interact with Duragesic include pain medications such as pentazocine, nalbuphine, butorphanol, and naltrexone.

Other medications may also decrease the effectiveness of Duragesic. These include cimetidine, nefazodone, azole antifungals, diltiazem, verapamil, HIV drugs, macrolide antibiotics, rifamycins, and certain anti-seizure medications such as carbamazepine and others.

Using MAO inhibitors while undergoing Duragesic treatment can cause a serious and possibly fatal medication interaction. Do not take the following MAO inhibitors while using Duragesic: isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue, moclobemide, phenelzine, procarbazine, rasagiline, safinamide, selegiline, and tranylcypromine. Most of these medications should not be taken for two weeks before Duragesic treatment.

Choosing a Duragesic center is a very important step in each patient’s journey to living a happier, healthier, substance-free life. You may want to set up a meeting with your doctor to discuss which features you need to seek in a Duragesic center in order to make the most informed decision possible.

If you or someone you know is suffering from Duragesic addiction, get help as soon as possible. The Recovery Village has many resources and treatment options for those who are looking to overcome their substance abuse disorder. To learn more, go online and visit www.TheRecoveryVillage.com or call our toll-free hotline, which is open 24 hours a day, at 855-548-9825.

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