Remifentanil – See Related Topics

Prior to surgery, a drug called remifentanil is sometimes used to induce sleep. It is a synthetic opioid drug that is used for its ability to rapidly put the patient to sleep prior to surgery. The anesthetic properties of remifentanil wear off very fast, so the attending anesthesiologist then uses other drugs to help maintain the state of sleep for the patient during the surgery.

Because remifentanil is an opioid, its properties produce a euphoric effect for the user. This makes it a drug that is likely to be abused. While it is uncommon that a drug used solely in a surgical environment is used recreationally, it does occur. With remifentanil, this is very dangerous to the user. The fast action coupled with the rapid decline of the effects can lead to an individual redosing in a matter of minutes. This quick overload of opioid chemicals into the user’s body can cause an overdose that can then lead to respiratory failure, cardiac arrest, and even death.

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Remifentanil – See Related Topics