Signs, Symptoms And Side Effects Of Sufenta Abuse

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Sufenta is a powerful prescription opioid, similar in many ways to the parent drug fentanyl. The active ingredient in Sufenta is sufentanil, and it is many times stronger than fentanyl and morphine. Sufenta is administered intravenously or via an epidural in specific situations. For example, it’s used during anesthesia and also following surgery to relieve pain in opioid-tolerant or opioid-dependent patients. Sufenta is not a medication prescribed for use outside a hospital or clinical setting, and it can only be given by a doctor with medical monitoring for side effects like respiratory depression. Despite the controlled environment Sufenta is supposed to be used in, misuse is possible. Misuse of Sufenta can occur if it’s illegally diverted from medical use. Sufenta misuse can also occur if someone purchases an illicitly manufactured version of this drug on the streets.
Signs, Symptoms And Side Effects Of Sufenta Abuse
Since the active ingredient in Sufenta is sufentanil, which is an opioid, it’s a highly addictive drug. Sufenta binds to opioid receptors when it’s used. This can trigger dopamine to flood the system of the patient. In some cases, since it is so potent, rather than euphoria, the primary effect is sedation. Other possible symptoms of Sufenta misuse can include general drowsiness, muscle rigidity, respiratory depression and nausea or vomiting. If someone is using Sufenta outside of a hospital or approved clinical setting, it’s considered misuse. Anytime a prescription medication or controlled substance is used outside of guidelines, it’s considered misuse. Behavioral symptoms of Sufenta misuse can include changes in mood or behavior, and isolation from friends, family and other activities.
There are two significant side effects of Sufenta misuse that can develop. The first side effect of Sufenta misuse is addiction. Addiction is a diagnosable disease of the brain that also affects the physical health and the lifestyle of the person. The longer someone misuses a drug like Sufenta, the more likely they are to become addicted. Addiction is out-of-control, compulsive use of Sufenta. Another side effect of Sufenta misuse is dependence. Dependence is a primarily physical situation. When someone uses a drug like Sufenta for an extended period, their brain and body become dependent on its effects. If someone is dependent on Sufenta and they stop using it suddenly, they may experience withdrawal symptoms. Side effects of Sufenta misuse can also be behavioral or psychological. For example, someone might seem to have an oddly elevated mood and then alternatively seem very depressed. Anxiety can also be a side effect of Sufenta misuse.
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As was touched on, addiction is a specific, diagnosable disease. If someone is misusing Sufenta or other opioids, they’re not necessarily addicted. However, misuse is one of the main risk factors for addiction. Not only can addiction be diagnosed based on symptoms, but it can also be classified as mild, moderate or severe. The following are some of the signs and symptoms of Sufenta addiction:

  • Out-of-control substance use
  • Wanting to stop and feeling unable to
  • Dependence to the drug
  • Continuing to use Sufenta despite health problems
  • Sacrificing in terms of social or recreational activities
  • Focusing on obtaining more of the drug and constantly maintaining a supply
  • Risk-taking
  • Problems with family and relationships
  • Declining school or work performance
  • Obsessing over obtaining and using Sufenta
  • Secrecy or denial
Opioids like Sufenta can have serious short-term and long-term effects. First, when someone has been taking Sufenta for a long time, they’re more likely to suffer an overdose. Due to the strength of Sufenta, overdoses can be and often are fatal. Due to the respiratory depression caused by Sufenta over time with continual use, a person may suffer brain damage and damage to other parts of the body because of oxygen deprival. Long-term use of opioids like Sufenta can cause damage to hormonal systems and can lead to infertility and sexual problems and dysfunction. It’s also more likely that someone will have new or worsening psychological symptoms the longer they use a drug like Sufenta.

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