Sufentanil – FAQ

At up to 80 times more potent that morphine, sufentanil is the most powerful painkiller available today. It is used during surgical procedures as an anesthetic due to its potential to induce an immediate state of sleep for patients. Additionally, sufentanil is used for women giving birth as it is a component of epidurals. In this case, a lower dose may be administered to provide relaxation and pain relief. Aside from these uses, sufentanil is sometimes made available for emergency medical needs – such as treating battlefield or disaster-related injuries.

According to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), sufentanil (also sold as Sufenta) is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance due to its high potential for abuse and addiction. It can produce effects like those found when heroin or morphine are used. Reliance on using sufentanil for purposes other than those encountered in the situations previously listed opens the user to a very high risk of overdose.

When a person uses an opioid product in ways other than by which it was intended, they will find that over time, their body builds up a tolerance to the drug. Tolerance leads to drug-seeking behavior where they typically take more of the drug, or take it more often, to achieve better results. This then causes the body to become dependent on the drug and an addiction has formed.

Professional care needs to be sought out to stop the addiction – especially with sufentanil, as withdrawal symptoms can be severe and lead to a relapse. Further use can cause an overdose which most often causes breathing to stop and can result in death if medical attention is not immediately attained.

Whether you’ve used sufentanil yourself or know someone who has, you may have questions about it. For answers, select a frequently asked question or call a representative from The Recovery Village to learn about recovery options.

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