Ionsys (Fentanyl Transdermal System) Addiction
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.
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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