Mixing Alcohol And Ionsys Side Effects, Interactions And Blackouts

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Ionsys is a brand-name medication delivery system that’s used in hospital settings. The Ionsys is a device that attaches directly to the skin of the patient. The patient can then press a button on the device, and it will release a certain dose of the powerful opioid fentanyl through their skin and into their bloodstream. Fentanyl is a narcotic pain medication intended primarily to treat severe pain, and it’s significantly stronger than even morphine. Ionsys is used for post-operative pain treatment, in people who can’t tolerate other medications, or who didn’t have effects from other pain medicines.

Ionsys is a highly controlled medication because of the risks of misuse, addiction and dependence associated with fentanyl and other opioids. Ionsys can only be used in hospitals and can’t be worn when a patient leaves the hospital. Ionsys-prescribing hospitals also have to be part of a specific program that aims to cut down on medication misuse. Despite the controls put in place for the use of Ionsys, it can be diverted from medical use and misused. Illicitly manufactured fentanyl is also often available on the black market. Illicit fentanyl can be thousands of times stronger than morphine, and exposure to it just once can cause a fatal overdose. As with other opioids, the fentanyl delivered through the Ionsys transdermal system attaches to specific receptors in the brain and throughout the central nervous system. When the opioid receptors are activated, it changes how pain signals are sent, and it changes pain sensations. Aside from pain relief, opioids like fentanyl have other effects as well. Opioids can cause mild side effects like dizziness, drowsiness, nausea or vomiting. This drug class can cause more severe side effects as well, including respiratory depression.

Mixing Alcohol And Ionsys Side Effects, Interactions And Blackouts
Whether someone accidentally mixed alcohol and Ionsys or did it purposely, the results could be severe or fatal. Alcohol and fentanyl, which is the active ingredient in Ionsys, should never be used together. Fentanyl is a central nervous system depressant, and alcohol is as well. When two central nervous system depressants are combined, especially when one is as powerful as fentanyl, it can slow essential functions including breathing and heart rate. The brain can be deprived of oxygen, as can other areas of the body. Someone’s breathing might slow so much that they overdose and die. If someone combines alcohol and Ionsys or any opioid and they suffer an overdose, it’s especially challenging to treat. For example, naloxone can be used to reverse the effects of the opioid, but medical professionals would have to take other measures to treat the alcohol poisoning. This makes the treatment of an overdose and the accompanying complications even more difficult than it would be otherwise. Even the mildest side effects possible when mixing alcohol and Ionsys can include serious situations such as lack of coordination and extreme vomiting. Someone who mixes alcohol and Ionsys could risk putting themselves or someone else in a dangerous situation. They could also experience short-term memory impairment or blackouts while mixing alcohol and Ionsys.
Ionsys has an active ingredient, fentanyl, that even on its own is considered potent and often deadly. When something as strong as fentanyl is mixed with alcohol, the results can range from severe intoxication to stopped breathing or brain damage. If someone is regularly mixing alcohol and Ionsys or any other medication for any reason, they may require professional addiction treatment. When more than one substance is being misused simultaneously, it’s known as a polydrug addiction. This requires specialized treatment where each substance addiction is treated independently but also within the framework of one another.

To learn more about how we treat multiple simultaneous addictions and other ways addiction treatment could help you regain control of your life or help your loved one, contact The Recovery Village.

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