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Lazanda is a medication used to relieve pain. Specifically, it is given to patients who are suffering from sudden, severe pain, such as pain due to cancer. Lazanda is an effective pain-reliever for patients who may have trouble finding medications to relieve their pain because they already regularly take moderate to large amounts of opioids. Lazanda is an opioid analgesic that changes the way the brain and body respond to pain. It should only be used to treat sudden, severe pain rather than mild or short term-pain, like pain from headaches, dental procedures, or surgeries.

Like any medication, Lazanda can produce side effects. Common side effects of Lazanda include nausea, vomiting, constipation, lightheadedness, dizziness, drowsiness, fever, and headaches. As your body adjusts to Lazanda, these common side effects should go away. If they do not go away or get worse, let your doctor know.

Serious side effects associated with Lazanda use include mood changes, agitation, confusion, hallucinations, severe stomach or abdominal pain, difficulty urinating, slow heartbeat, loss of appetite, unusual tiredness, and weight loss. Contact your doctor as soon as possible if any serious Lazanda side effects appear.

Lazanda Addiction and Abuse
Lazanda should be used only as directed by your doctor. It is a nasal spray which should only be utilized for breakthrough pain -severe pain that happens when a patient is already taking painkillers. Do not spray more than 1 spray in each nostril. If you have a runny nose, blow your nose before using Lazanda. Notify your doctor if you do not feel relief within 30 minutes of using Lazanda or if you experience another episode of sudden pain within 2 hours of using Lazanda. Patients must wait at least 2 hours before they can use Lazanda again. Some patients may not immediately notice the spray going into the nostril. You will know that Lazanda was released when you hear a click after you press down on the spray. You will also notice the dose counter on the spray has changed. Do not blow your nose for at least 30 minutes after using Lazanda, as this may reduce its effectiveness.
Lazanda patients may develop a Lazanda addiction or dependence even if they use the medication responsibly. This is because Lazanda is an opioid analgesic. Opioid analgesics can be very addictive because of how quickly the brain forms a tolerance to the drugs. If you begin to suspect that you or someone in your life has developed a Lazanda addiction, get help as soon as possible. You may notice the following Lazanda addiction signs: becoming obsessed with finding and using Lazanda and losing interest in activities you once found enjoyable.
There is always a risk of relapse for patients recovering from a substance use disorder. This is why it is important for patients to seek an aftercare program that can support them with continued therapy after they finish initial treatment at the rehab facility of their choosing.

If you or someone you love is struggling with a substance use disorder, get help right away. The Recovery Village has many treatment options and resources available for those looking to recover. To learn more, visit www.TheRecoveryVillage.com or call our 24-hour toll-free hotline at 855-548-9825.

Lazanda Addiction/Abuse
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