Sufenta Withdrawal And Detox

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Sufenta is a very strong opioid. It’s only supposed to be administered by a doctor, in a closely controlled and monitored hospital or clinical setting. Sufenta is used as part of anesthesia, during labor and delivery, and, in some cases, to help treat severe pain in patients following surgery. Sufenta’s active ingredient sufentanil is very potent. It’s a derivative of the parent drug fentanyl, but even stronger. In fact, sufentanil is hundreds of times stronger than morphine. Sufenta is an injectable solution that can be given to patients intravenously or can be given in an epidural. Even though Sufenta is intended to be used only in a hospital and medically monitored setting, it can be diverted from medical use. There are also black-market sellers who manufacture drugs like Sufenta to be sold illegally. Sufenta can cause addiction as well as dependence. Sometimes dependence can occur if it’s given in a hospital setting, and it also occurs when Sufenta and similar drugs are used recreationally. If someone is dependent on any opioid and they stop using it suddenly, they may experience withdrawal symptoms. Common Sufenta withdrawal symptoms can include:

  • Anxiety
  • Sweating
  • Irritability
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Body aches
  • Runny nose
  • Cramping
  • Diarrhea
  • Goosebumps
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
Sufenta Withdrawal And Detox
With Sufenta, the withdrawal timeline and symptom duration can be similar to fentanyl. Within around 12 hours, someone may start to experience early withdrawal symptoms. The earliest symptoms of Sufenta withdrawal can include anxiety, muscle aches and insomnia. Symptoms of Sufenta withdrawal will usually peak within anywhere from two to four days after the last dose is used. This is when more of the gastrointestinal symptoms may start to occur, such as abdominal cramping, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Most people will notice their Sufenta withdrawal symptoms will start to come to an end within about a week. Some patients may have what are called post-acute withdrawal symptoms, however. These symptoms are usually psychological, like depression or anxiety. Post-acute Sufenta withdrawal symptoms can last for a few months after someone stops using the drug.
With Sufenta withdrawal or withdrawal from an opioid, the best option is often called weaning. Weaning is a scenario where someone’s dose of a drug is gradually tapered down. This should only be done under the supervision and instruction of a medical professional. Weaning off Sufenta can reduce many of the more severe withdrawal symptoms and reduce the likelihood of complications. Complications of Sufenta withdrawal can include dehydration, aspiration and recurrence of use. If someone reuses after a period of not using Sufenta, they are more likely to overdose because their tolerance is lower than it was previously. Medical detox is another option for managing symptoms of Sufenta withdrawal. A medical detox requires patients to stay in a professional facility while they go through Sufenta detox. There is a team of medical professionals monitoring them and ensuring they’re as safe and comfortable as possible.
Sufenta Withdrawal And Detox
Certain medications can be used during opioid withdrawal and detox. These medications have different purposes. Some are only to alleviate specific symptoms, while others can reduce drug cravings. There are also opioid replacement medications, which act as milder opioids to reduce withdrawal symptoms and increase the likelihood of someone participating in addiction treatment. Specific Sufenta detox medications can include:

  • Methadone: Methadone is one of the most well-known drugs used during opioid withdrawal. Methadone is a mild opioid, and it can be used for a long period, although this can lead to additional dependence and addiction problems.
  • Buprenorphine: This is included in brand-name medications like Subutex, and it can help make the symptoms of opioid withdrawal less severe and shorter in duration. Buprenorphine is also an opioid replacement drug.
  • Clonidine: Clonidine is a drug used not only during opioid withdrawal, and it can reduce both physical and psychological symptoms such as anxiety and body aches.
  • Naltrexone: Naltrexone isn’t an opioid replacement, but it does help prevent recurrence of use and reduce drug cravings.

The FDA also just announced the approval of a drug called Lucemyra, which is the first non-opioid treatment for the management of opioid withdrawal symptoms in adults. Lucemyra is currently only improved for a course of treatment lasting 14 days.

If someone decides a professional, medical detox is the best option for them there are a few primary considerations to keep in mind. First, the medical detox center should be appropriately licensed and accredited. A team of medical professionals should staff it, and it should also include mental health assessments and treatments when necessary. It can be advantageous to choose a Sufenta center that’s part of an addiction treatment facility as well. This allows patients to continue straight into addiction treatment following detox, rather than having to be transferred somewhere else.

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