Ionsys (Fentanyl Transdermal System) Addiction

Ionsys is a brand name for what’s called the fentanyl iontophoretic transdermal system. Ionsys contains fentanyl, which is a powerful opioid. The medication is used for the short-term management of postoperative pain. Ionsys is designed for acute pain. When Ionsys is used, it should be in situations where other treatments aren’t able to treat the severity of the pain. Before someone is prescribed Ionsys, doctors are instructed that the patient isn’t expected to be able to tolerate other treatments, or they haven’t received enough of an effect from other treatments. Ionsys is not something that can be used at home, and it should only be used in a hospital setting. Ionsys delivers fentanyl through a skin patch, and it provides around-the-clock pain relief while someone is in the hospital. Ionsys is the first patient-controlled, needle-free delivery system for fentanyl. It’s pre-programmed, and it allows patients to control the amount of pain medication they receive as they push a button. The medicine is delivered through an electrical current as needed, and the patient can’t feel the current.

Since Ionsys delivers fentanyl, certain side effects may occur. Fentanyl can cause extreme drowsiness, nausea and vomiting, and itching. Other side effects of fentanyl and similar opioids can include sleep problems, sweating or feeling cold, dizziness and constipation. With the use of any opioid medication, misuse, addiction and dependence are all possible. Fentanyl can also have dangerous interactions with other drugs, such as other narcotics or drugs that make someone feel sleepy, such as tranquilizers or sedatives. One of the biggest risks of using any narcotic pain medication is respiratory depression. One reason Ionsys can only be used in hospitals is to reduce the risks ranging from addiction to fatal respiratory depression.

Ionsys is a device that includes a recessed dosing button, and it’s placed on the skin of the patient. The device delivers fentanyl directly into the bloodstream of the patient with an imperceptible electric field. It features a drug reservoir and a battery. When someone uses Ionsys, it delivers specific mcg amounts of fentanyl with each activation. The fentanyl goes through the skin and then starts circulating into the system over a period of ten minutes. The application site for Ionsys is either on the upper outer arm or the chest. There’s also a digital display on the device. When a healthcare provider prescribes the use of Ionsys, they will go over its use with the patient, and they will monitor for any potential side effects. Patients can’t leave the hospital with the Ionsys still on their skin.
The medication in Ionsys, fentanyl, is highly addictive. Fentanyl is an opioid medication that binds to certain receptors in the central nervous system. As a result, fentanyl can change how the body senses and sends pain signals. In this respect, it’s highly effective. Unfortunately, in doing so, fentanyl can also release dopamine into the brain. Dopamine is a brain chemical responsible for making people feel good. Fentanyl can create euphoria in patients. That euphoria can trigger a reward response in the brain, and ultimately that can lead to addiction. When someone is addicted to fentanyl, they often require professional treatment. Addiction indicates someone is using fentanyl in a compulsive, out-of-control way.

With Ionsys in particular, many steps are taken to ensure that it’s not diverted from medical use. For example, it can only be used in a hospital setting, administered by a medical professional, and someone can’t leave the hospital with it still on their skin. Despite those measures, Ionsys can be diverted from medical use. It’s also possible for someone to use Ionsys as instructed but still become addicted to the fentanyl, which could lead to drug-seeking behaviors following their time in the hospital.

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