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When a high-potency pain killer is needed, sufentanil (Sufenta) is often the choice of drug used by medical professionals. It is typically provided when treating emergency medical needs – such as those encountered during a disaster. This is because it is the strongest narcotic available – at up to 80 times more potent than morphine alone. Sufentanil has other uses – it is a component of epidurals, used at lower doses for women giving birth to alleviate pain and produce relaxation, and as a surgical anesthetic since, when use at a higher strength, it will produce an immediate state of sleep for the patient.

The FDA (United States Food and Drug Administration) classifies sufentanil as a Schedule II controlled substance because it is an opioid and therefore carries a high risk of abuse and addiction for the user.

Opioid abuse happens as the person starts to notice that they are getting less pain relief than was once felt. They then sometimes begin to self-regulate their doses. They may take the drug more often, take it in higher amounts than what was prescribed, or even do both. This leads the body to develop a tolerance to the drug and with that, the body then needs even more to feel better. This is then a situation where the body has become dependent on the drug and an addiction has formed.

Ceasing use of an opioid can be tough as serious and unpleasant side effects and withdrawal symptoms often develop and can last for long periods – even well after use has stopped. As such, it is advised that professional care be sought out to help manage these symptoms to avoid relapse.

Reliance on using sufentanil or a reluctance to discontinue its use is problematic but help to break this cycle is available. To learn more, read our related topics or contact a representative at The Recovery Village to learn about options for recovery.

Sufentanil – See Related Topics