Remifentanil Addiction Treatment and Rehab

Remifentanil is a prescription pain relief medication that is intended for intravenous use. It is intended to act as an analgesic agent for patients who are in intensive care units and for during and after medical procedures for adult patients. Remifentanil should always be administered under the supervision of an anesthesia practitioner. This medication is only intended for medical use and should not be accepted if you do not have a prescription for it from your doctor.
Just like starting treatment with any new medication, there are common side effects associated with Remifentanil. The most common side effects of Remifentanil use are nausea, hypotension, vomiting, and muscle rigidity.

Additionally, the less common side effects associated with Remifentanil include bradycardia, shivering, fever, dizziness, visual disturbance, headache, respiratory depression, apnea, pruritus, tachycardia, postoperative pain, hypertension, agitation, chills, warm sensation, pain at IV site, and hypoxia.

As a precaution, please be mindful this is not a complete list of Remifentanil’s possible side effects. If you believe you are experiencing a side effect of this medication that has not been listed above, notify your doctor or pharmacist right away.

Remifentanil patients who are being administered the medication exactly as prescribed by their doctor may still develop a psychological addiction to the medication. If you believe someone in your life is misusing Remifentanil, seek professional help as soon as possible. Signs which may indicate someone is developing a Remifentanil addiction include losing interest in the hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed, becoming obsessed with finding and injecting Remifentanil, performing poorly or irregularly at school or work, and suffering significant financial losses due to money spent obtaining Remifentanil. These symptoms should be reported right away, as the faster you catch a Remifentanil addiction the faster patients can be on their way to living a happier, healthier, substance-free life.
Patients who wish to discontinue a Remifentanil treatment should set up a meeting with their doctor to discuss the best way to move forward. In most cases, doctors will gradually lower a patient’s dose over time to give the body adequate time to adjust to less and less of the medication. This is known as tapering off the medication. Tapering off Remifentanil will help patients avoid the severe withdrawal symptoms.

It is not recommended to ever abruptly stop a Remifentanil treatment. Doing so will greatly increase your risk of experiencing enhanced, unwanted withdrawal symptoms. In addition, you should never adjust the Remifentanil dosage levels or treatment schedule without explicit instruction from your doctor.

The Recovery Village offers many rehabilitation programs and resources to those who may be suffering from Remifentanil addiction or another substance use disorder. Prior to beginning treatment with in the inpatient or outpatient programs, patients will first be required to safely detox from the medication. Once all the Remifentanil is removed from the patient’s body, they may attend individual and group counseling sessions as well as recreational therapy activities during their time at The Recovery Village.
The first treatment option, which is particularly helpful for patients with severe Remifentanil addiction, is inpatient Remifentanil rehab. In this program, patients are required to live on campus at one of The Recovery Village’s designated inpatient recovery centers. By living on campus, patients can avoid distractions from their home life that may impede their recovery process.
Once a patient completes inpatient Remifentanil rehab, they will enter the outpatient Remifentanil rehab program. This program allows patients to live at home while they attend scheduled treatment appointments at The Recovery Village. Patients with mild Remifentanil addiction may choose to skip the inpatient rehab program entirely and begin recovery with outpatient Remifentanil rehab.
Choosing a Remifentanil rehab center is an important decision. If you are unsure of which kind of Remifentanil center is right for you, set up a meeting with your doctor to discuss the treatment features you should seek out. You may also want to consider how long you have been receiving Remifentanil doses and your Remifentanil treatment schedule when making this important decision.

If you or someone you know is suffering from Remifentanil addiction or another form of substance use disorder, it’s not too late to stop drugs from taking over your life. Seek professional help as soon as possible.

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