Ionsys (Fentanyl Transdermal System) Withdrawal And Detox

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Ionsys is a medical device used to deliver as-needed acute pain medication to patients following surgery. Ionsys contains fentanyl, which is an opioid pain medication. Ionsys is placed directly on the skin of the patient when they can’t tolerate other pain medicines, or they aren’t responding to other treatments. Then, the patient can manage the dose of fentanyl by pressing a button on the device. The fentanyl is then delivered through the skin and into the system of the patient. Ionsys isn’t permitted for use outside of a hospital setting to reduce the risk of misuse and dependence, but it could be diverted from medical use. The active ingredient, fentanyl, is also a big problem in the opioid epidemic. Fentanyl is extremely powerful. Pharmaceutical fentanyl is anywhere from 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine. Analogs of fentanyl sold on the streets can be thousands of times more powerful than morphine. Ionsys and fentanyl can lead to addiction as well as dependence. If someone is dependent on fentanyl and they stop using it suddenly, common withdrawal symptoms can include:

  • Sweating
  • Tremors
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Cramping
  • Aches and pains
  • Cravings
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Diarrhea
  • Changes in mood such as depression or anxiety
Ionsys (Fentanyl Transdermal System) Withdrawal And Detox
Ionsys is a brand-name medication dispensing device. When considering the Ionsys withdrawal timeline, what’s actually being looked at is the fentanyl withdrawal timeline. The specifics of the fentanyl withdrawal timeline can vary depending on the individual, how long they used the drug and how often they used it. Withdrawal from fentanyl occurs because the brain’s chemistry and functionality have been changed by repeated exposure to the drug. Following those changes, when someone stops using fentanyl suddenly, their brain struggles to return to normal. The earliest symptoms of Ionsys withdrawal usually begin within around 12 hours after the last dose is used. Mild early Ionsys withdrawal symptoms can include aches and pains, agitation, sweating, runny nose and insomnia. Anywhere from days three to five is when withdrawal symptoms are usually the worst. During this time, someone may experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and psychological symptoms like mood swings. Within one to two weeks, most symptoms of Ionsys withdrawal will have subsided. Some people may experience certain psychological symptoms for months, however. For example, depression is a symptom of opioid withdrawal that can last for a prolonged period.
With Ionsys withdrawal or withdrawal from any opioid drug, the best course of action is often to taper down the dosage gradually. If someone stops Ionsys or another opioid cold turkey, the symptoms of withdrawal tend to be most severe. Tapering down the dosage slowly can alleviate Ionsys withdrawal symptoms. Tapering down on a drug like Ionsys or any opioid should only be done under the supervision of a medical professional.
Since the Ionsys active ingredient is an opioid, certain medications can be used during withdrawal and detox to manage symptoms and cravings. One of the more well-known opioid withdrawal and detox medications is methadone. Methadone activates the same receptors as other opioids, but without the heightened euphoric effects. Buprenorphine is an opioid pain reliever that’s available in brand-name products like Suboxone, which can also help with withdrawal symptoms. Clonidine is frequently used to treat some symptoms of opioid withdrawal-like anxiety, agitation and cramping. If someone is going through Ionsys or fentanyl withdrawal in a medically supervised setting, the physician may prescribe other treatments for symptoms on an as-needed basis as well. Regardless of the specific treatments utilized, detox is an important time for people who misuse opioids. Full detox is needed to begin addiction treatment. If someone does experience recurrence of use following a period of detox, they’re also at a higher risk of overdosing.
One option to detox safely and comfortably from a drug like Ionsys is to go to a medical detox program. A medical detox provides a safe, supportive environment where people can be treated for the mental and physical side effects they may be experiencing. When choosing an Ionsys center, there are some things to look for. One of the most important is whether or not the detox center is part of an addiction treatment center. Otherwise, following detox, a patient would have to be referred to another location for actual treatment. Also important are whether or not the facility offers dual diagnosis treatment for co-occurring mental health disorders and the specific type of medical supervision provided to patients.

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