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Fentanyl Detox in San Diego

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The number of people who die due to fentanyl use has steadily increased. According to a San Diego police report from approximately a decade ago, such deaths were typically associated with the misuse of prescription fentanyl, which was abused. According to the data, the deaths in the area are linked to counterfeit pharmaceuticals disguised to appear like oxycodone or alprazolam.

According to the San Diego County Medical Examiner, unintentional fentanyl overdose deaths in the region surged by 68 percent in 2018 compared to the prior year. For example, according to the data, 69 people died from overdosing on this medication between January and June. There were just 41 persons who died from these causes in those months the year before. Unfortunately, the rate is projected to rise geometrically in the foreseeable future.

What is Fentanyl?

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid available in the United States legally and illegally. Because of its great potential for addiction and abuse, the United States Food and Drug Administration classifies it as a Schedule II prohibited narcotic, as are the vast majority of opioids.

Fentanyl is a prescription drug used to alleviate severe pain. However, it is frequently abused due to the euphoric high it creates. Fentanyl is sold under Actiq, Sublimaze, and Duragesic, among others. When used correctly, this medicine can provide excellent pain relief for those feeling discomfort. Fentanyl can treat many conditions, including severe chronic pain, cancer discomfort, and post-surgical pain.

Fentanyl is a sedative drug. It accomplishes this by slowing down brain activity, resulting in relaxation and drowsiness. The effects are comparable to morphine, even though the substance is 50 to 100 times stronger.
In most cases, fentanyl is sold as a powder or pills disguised as other prescription opiates. When fentanyl is obtained through a prescription, it is usually administered by a doctor as an injection. It can also be applied to the skin topically or taken orally as tablets.

Fentanyl Detox In San Diego
Fentanyl Detox In San Diego

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Symptoms of Fentanyl Withdrawal

It is possible to recognize the indications and symptoms of someone misusing fentanyl by looking at their surroundings. The following are some of the signs and symptoms of fentanyl usage and addiction:

Signs of Fentanyl Addiction

According to the National Library of Medicine (NLM), opioid withdrawal syndrome often develops between 12 and 30 hours after the last dose of an opioid is taken. Following an amount of Duragesic, fentanyl in patch form is an extended-release medication with effects that may continue to increase for the first 12-24 hours after application, lasting up to a total of 72 hours, according to the labeling information provided by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Duragesic. With a half-life of approximately 17 hours after removing the patch, withdrawal likely occurs within a day of removing it.

Following are some of the probable adverse effects of the opioid withdrawal syndrome that happens when Duragesic (fentanyl) is removed from the body, according to the Food and Drug Administration:

  • Fatigue
  • Sweating
  • Restlessness
  • Tearing up
  • Runny nose
  • Chills
  • Backache
  • Stomach cramps
  • Pain in joints and muscles
  • Hair bristling
  • Muscle weakness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Shaking
  • Dehydration
  • Aspiration
  • Depression
  • Urgent cravings
  • Anorexia
  • Diarrhea
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Hypertension
  • Increased respiratory rate
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Pupil dilation

Is Fentanyl Withdrawal Dangerous?

It is not advised to stop using Fentanyl abruptly. The medication will lower people’s respiratory and heart rates and blood pressure rates. If the medicine is suddenly discontinued, these systems may go haywire. People may suffer a sudden increase in blood pressure, leading to strokes and heart attacks. Furthermore, Fentanyl withdrawal is linked to long-term mental health issues. People who attempt to quit cold turkey without assistance may have substantial adverse effects and are at a higher risk of relapse and damage than those who seek help.

Medical detox is frequently suggested when it comes to drugs like Fentanyl. Patients can be placed on a tapering-off program, giving them ever-decreasing doses of Fentanyl that doctors monitor. Buprenorphine/Naltrexone can also be used to replace the drug completely. Allowing the body enough time to acclimate to life without opioids will lessen the severity and duration of withdrawal symptoms.

Fentanyl Detox in San Diego

Many people addicted to fentanyl or other opioids avoid treatment because they are afraid of going through the detoxification process. The Detox Center of San Diego provides medically supervised fentanyl detox in San Diego, ensuring that patients remain safe and comfortable during the process. Our medical detox program is housed in a rehab facility and is supervised by a medical team around the clock.

Regarding fentanyl withdrawal, psychological drug cravings must be treated to prevent relapse. At the Detox Center of San Diego, we employ Medication-Assisted treatment (MAT) to treat these drug cravings. We often prescribe a short-term course of buprenorphine and naltrexone, combined with intensive therapy and holistic recovery methods.

A tailored, comprehensive treatment program is developed for each client that visits PBR by our board-certified physicians, registered nurses, and other qualified healthcare team members. Identifying and treating each patient as unique allows us to provide the most effective tactics for detoxing from and recovering from fentanyl or other opiate addiction.

It can be frightening to go through withdrawal; some symptoms can be life-threatening if not managed properly. Detox Center of San Diego’s medical detoxification program is designed to assist patients in getting through detox as swiftly and comfortably as possible by utilizing pharmacotherapies, nutritional therapy, and psychological well-being services. A more convenient detox experience helps prepare the path for a more positive long-term recovery from fentanyl dependence.

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