Fentora Addiction and Abuse

Fentora is a prescription pain medication that is recommended to treat breakthrough pain in cancer patients. Breakthrough pain is a sudden, intense pain that occurs despite the patient following a pain treatment regimen consisting of other opioids. Fentora is classified as an opioid analgesic, or narcotic, and is a Schedule II drug because it has the potential for substance misuse.

When someone takes Fentora, the medication blocks pain receptors from receiving pain signals, which alters how someone responds to pain. Opioids like Fentora can be dangerous if misused, and everyday people are illicitly obtaining them and overdosing. The following article describes how Fentora is taken, signs of addiction, and the importance of recovery.

Fentora is available as a dissolving oral tablet, designed to be placed under the tongue and fully dissolved in about 15 minutes. The medication is only given to cancer patients who are used to and experienced with narcotics and if the patient it taking other narcotics daily for around-the-clock pain. Fentora has a high risk for addiction, so it is important to take the medication exactly as prescribed to reduce the risk of substance misuse.

Fentora is initially started at a dose of 100 mcg as need and can be gradually increased by a doctor if breakthrough pain is severe. It is not recommended to take more than two tablets during one breakthrough overdose. Overindulgence can result in severe side effects and possibly cause an overdose.

Common side effects of Fentora are:

  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Sores in the area where Fentora dissolves
Over time, someone taking Fentora will start building up a tolerance to the medicine. A higher tolerance for opioids means a higher dose may be needed to achieve the same results. It is important to speak with a doctor if Fentora does not work as well, as increasing a dose without medical consent greatly increases the risk for misuse.

If a person begins to misuse Fentora, behavioral signs may be displayed, such as taking Fentora more frequently, taking it in higher amounts, and showing signs of mental confusion or disorientation when the medication is not taken.

If a person is struggling with Fentora addiction, they may begin having withdrawal symptoms when they stop taking it and have strong urges or cravings for it. Other signs of an addiction could be irritability, constantly seeking Fentora, and risking problems with the law while trying to obtain it.

Finding a rehabilitation center is important during the recovery process. Opioids have a high potential for recurring use and cause more overdoses than any other medication.

Recovery is possible and can obtained when the right treatment and support is available. At The Recovery Village, our inpatient programs remove a person struggling with addiction from a stressful environment, helping them stay focused on recovery. We provide our patients with 24/7 medical assistance and medications to ease withdrawal. We also offer group and individual therapy for support and advice. Call our toll-free, 24/7 hotline at 855-548-9825 to learn more.

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