Misusing or abusing Ultiva can lead to respiratory depression, extreme sleepiness, coma, muscle weakness, cold and clammy skin, constricted pupils, pulmonary edema, slow heart rate, hypotension, airway obstruction, atypical snoring, and death.
Ultiva is a powerful short-acting synthetic opioid pain reliever. This prescription is formulated to be given intravenously. Ultiva should be given through an infusion pump to ensure proper dosage. It’s administered during surgery to relieve pain and as an anesthetic.
Some common Ultiva side effects include itching, sweating, headache, muscle pain, cough, sore throat, dizziness, confusion, and agitation.
Ultiva can cause additional, 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 may be serious.
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 abuse.
Although it’s unlikely to abuse Ultiva in a hospital setting, it’s important to know of the signs of overdose and call for help if you experience any of the symptoms.
Ultiva may react to other drugs (prescription and non-prescription), so tell your doctor if you are taking any medications while being treated with Ultiva. Withdrawal symptoms from Ultiva misuse can be severe, so it’s important not to go it alone. Get help.
Long-term effects of Ultiva have not been tested because this medication is intended only for short-term use in a hospital setting. Ultiva is an opioid, so if a person is misusing this medication the long-term side effects can be similar to those of other opioids.
The longer opioids are used, the higher the chances of a physical and psychological substance abuse disorder. Using Ultiva long-term can compromise your immune system and depress your respiratory system, leading to chronic infections, pneumonia, and other medical complications. Use Ultiva only as directed.
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