How Long Does Ultiva Stay in Your System?

Ultiva is an opioid agonist administered through injection in a hospital setting. Pain relief with an Ultiva injection is rapid and will begin in as little as 1 minute. Ultiva will stay in your system for about 2 hours from your last dose. The exact time that Ultiva will stay in your system will vary, depending on several factors.

Inform your doctor or nurse if you are experiencing any side effects from Ultiva and avoid any interactive medications while it remains in your system, especially alcohol and any other central nervous system depressant drugs.

If you’re unsure about the safety of taking other medications and drinking alcohol while receiving Ultiva, talk to your doctor.

Ultiva Prescription Facts

Ultiva is a powerful short-acting synthetic opioid pain reliever. Ultiva should be given through an infusion pump to ensure proper dosage. It’s given during surgery to relieve pain and as an anesthetic.

Some common side effects include itching, sweating, headache, muscle pain, cough, sore throat, dizziness, confusion, and agitation.

Ultiva can cause other, less common side effects, including:

  • weak shallow breathing or breathing that stops
  • fast or slow heart rate
  • stiff muscles
  • severe weakness, feeling light-headed or fainting

If you experience any side effects or notice any changes after receiving a dose of Ultiva, inform your doctor right away as some of these symptoms may be serious.

Ultiva Regulations

The FDA has listed Ultiva as a Schedule II drug under the Controlled Substance Act. Schedule II drugs have a high potential for physical or psychological dependence and misuse.

Most Commonly Abused Drugs Containing Ultiva

Ultiva is not contained in any other drugs, but it contains remifentanil. Remifentanil is highly addictive. Although it’s not contained in other medication, Ultiva and remifentanil can be obtained and abused without a prescription.

Ultiva should only be administered in a hospital setting. Do not use Ultiva on your own as doing so could lead to respiratory depression or death.

How Ultiva Affects the Brain and Body

Ultiva affects your central nervous system in order to alter the way that your body feels pain. In doing so, it also depresses your respiratory system and there is a chance of hypotension in your heart. This prescription also affects the gastrointestinal and immune systems.

If you have been taking Ultiva without a doctor or outside of a hospital setting, do not abruptly stop taking the opioid. Seek help.

Half-Life of Ultiva

The half-life of a medication is the time that it takes for the drug’s effectiveness to be cut in half after a person stops taking the last dose. The terminal half-life of Ultiva is about 20 minutes.

Factors That Influence How Long Ultiva Stays In Your System

There are several factors that influence how long Ultiva will stay in your system after your last dose. These factors include age, gender, other medications you’re taking, liver function, kidney function, and dosage.

Your doctor can help you figure out the approximate time frame in which Ultiva will stay in your system. Inform your doctor of your complete medical history, so they can help you.

How Long Does Ultiva Stay in Your Urine, Hair and Blood?

Ultiva is an opioid and will show up in a drug test screening, so you need to inform your drug test administrator that you are taking or have recently taken this prescription drug. Ultiva is fast acting and administered only in a hospital setting, so it’s unlikely that you will be tested for this drug. Ultiva will be detectable in your urine and blood for about two hours but will stay in your hair considerably longer. Drug tests on your hair can show traces of Ultiva for up to 90 days after your last administration.

If you think that you or a loved one is abusing Ultiva, seek help today. Go online to or call our 24/7 toll-free hotline at 855-548-9825 to learn more about the road to recovery.

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