Sufenta – FAQ

Sufenta (sufentanil in generic form) is the most powerful narcotic painkiller available as it is reported to be up to 80 times more potent than morphine. It is classified by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a Schedule II controlled substance due to its high potential for addiction.

Sufenta is used as an anesthetic during surgical procedures for its ability to produce an immediate state of sleep and it is a component of epidurals used for women giving birth to provide relaxation and pain relief. It works rapidly and has effects that can last close to two hours long.

Normally, Sufenta is most commonly found only in medical facilities though emergency medical personnel have access to it in a pill form that can be used to treat disaster and battlefield victims. Additionally, some patients are provided Sufenta in an intravenous drip system that they can self-administer.

This drug is highly addictive – like that stemming from heroin or morphine use, and individuals who become addicted find it very difficult to stop using Sufenta. Those addicted face drug cravings for long periods after they cease use, and this often leads to relapse.

As with other narcotics, as the user continues to use the drug, the body will build up a tolerance, requiring them to take more of the drug to achieve the same effects. With the strength of Sufenta, the likelihood of quickly getting to a point of overdose is greatly multiplied. Early symptoms pointing to an overdose include disorientation, lack of coordination, slurred speech and others related to changes to the central nervous system. Finally, breathing will be stopped with death being the outcome.

If you or somebody you know has become reliant on using Sufenta, you may have questions about what can be done. To learn more, check out our frequently asked questions about Sufenta or contact a representative at The Recovery Village to learn about options for recovery.