Fentanyl Transdermal Addiction and Abuse

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Fentanyl transdermal is a drug prescribed to treat severe pain, usually caused by serious conditions such as cancer. Fentanyl transdermal belongs to the family of drugs known as opioid analgesics, which change the way the brain reacts to pain.

This medication is intended for ongoing or chronic pain, and not on an as-needed basis. Fentanyl transdermal should be taken on a regular schedule as prescribed by your doctor. It can take up to 24 hours for fentanyl transdermal to start to work. Never use fentanyl transdermal to manage sudden pain and always inform your doctor of any changes in pain or symptoms from this medication.

Fentanyl Transdermal Addiction and Abuse
Fentanyl transdermal is used to treat serious pain that is chronic, typically caused by cancer or other disorders. This medication is considered to be an opioid analgesic that attaches to opioid receptors in the nervous system. This prevents pain receptors from reaching the brain, helping to control and alleviate chronic pain.

This medication comes in a patch form, which is typically worn for 72 hours at a time. It is suggested that patients place the patch on skin that has been washed with water and properly dried. Try not to wear your fentanyl transdermal patch in the same area of skin each time, as this can cause unnecessary irritation. Be sure to firmly place the patch on your skin. Never increase your dosage or apply more than one patch at a time, as this can have serious side effects that can be fatal.

Using fentanyl transdermal can lead to dependence or a substance use disorder, especially when used in combination with other medications. This medication is 100 times stronger than morphine, making it susceptible to misuse even at the dosage recommended by a doctor. Always use your prescription as directed in order to avoid serious side effects.

Contact your doctor if you experience confusion, hallucinations, severe stomach pain, fast heartbeat, loss of appetite, or unexplained weight loss. Seek emergency medical attention if you experience fainting, slowed breathing, seizures, or severe drowsiness as these can be signs of an overdose or a dangerous drug interaction.

Fentanyl Transdermal Addiction and Abuse
Using fentanyl transdermal patches can cause you to experience minor side effects such as constipation, dizziness, drowsiness, headaches, or itchiness. Inform your doctor if these symptoms worsen while taking this medication.

You should avoid alcohol and any other medications while using fentanyl transdermal, as this can lead to adverse side effects such as increased dizziness. Avoid activities that increase your body temperature while using fentanyl transdermal patches, as a fever can increase your chances of an overdose.

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