Duragesic is the patch form of Fentanyl, a potent opioid painkiller meant for the treatment of chronic pain. The clinical use of Duragesic has increased in the last several years, as have the associated cases of abuse, misuse and dependence. The transdermal patch has a high potential for abuse and should only be used by those individuals whose bodies already tolerate opiates. Since Duragesic releases fentanyl, slowly through the skin, one patch might be effective for up to 72 hours, providing pain relief.
Some people take Duragesic / Fentanyl to feel its euphoric effects, a clear sign that use has escalated to abuse. Repeated use of Duragesic, even within the parameters of a legitimate prescription, can lead to physical and psychological dependence and addiction. Addiction can develop swiftly, even after relatively short-term use. In many cases, this happens after patients build up a tolerance to the drug and begin taking more and more to relieve pain. Altering the dosage or tampering with the drug in any way constitutes abuse. Basically, this includes any behavior that goes against the drug’s label regarding warnings and proper use.
What to Look For if You Suspect Duragesic Abuse
Examples of Duragesic abuse include: taking the drug after the medical condition clears or after the prescription runs out; increasing the dose without a doctor’s approval; taking it more often than recommended; and taking it in conjunction with other substances to increase the potency. Mixing Duragesic with street drugs such as heroin or cocaine increases potency and the risk for a fatal overdose. Duragesic is a central nervous system depressant, so combining it with other substances that have this effect, such as alcohol or other opiates, is dangerous. Other signs of Duragesic abuse and addiction include a mental preoccupation with obtaining and consuming the drug. Others may falsify prescriptions or shop around for different doctors to prescribe it when the prescription has run out early.
Abuse could include applying more patches than needed, taking it for unintended reasons, and repeated chronic use despite potential negative consequences. Potentially-addictive drugs such as Duragesic activate the brain’s reward and pleasure centers. This stimulation could cause patients to crave the drug more and more. Powerful physical and mental cravings are indicative of a drug dependency.
Fentanyl / Duragesic Withdrawal Treatment
Duragesic Abuse can lead quickly to addiction. If you feel you are powerless over your use of the drug, it’s time for professional intervention. The Waismann Method of rapid detox and our other forms of medical detox can effectively, safely and humanely treat Duragesic addiction in a very successful manner. A growing number of drug treatment centers are using the term “rapid detox” for all kinds of detox procedures, sometimes performed under general anesthesia or as outpatient without following sufficient safety measures to ensure the effectiveness, safety and comfort of the procedure.
Waismann Method® medical director have successfully performed thousands of anesthesia assisted rapid detox procedures. We offer one exclusive location based in California, for those seeking the best Duragesic withdrawal treatment available. We are recognized all over the world for our extensive knowledge, experience and unparalleled success. Our Quadruple-Board Certified Doctor with over 17 years of experience is a specialist in pain management, anesthesia and addiction.
Our patients are treated in their private rooms on the ICU , where they receive the undivided attention of our treating physician. The rapid detox process requires sedation and antagonist medications plus additional medications that results in a safe, comfortable and effective opiate detox. The precise combinations and amounts of these medications are crucial factors in making the medical detox process safe and successful and are specifically based on each individual specific needs. Other forms of Fentanyl withdrawal treatment are available and can be discussed.
Our Domus Retreat transitional living facility is also made available to guests after hospital discharge. Since the patient’s body is undergoing an extensive transition and regulation period, patients need the proper professional support for a few days to ensure comfort and safety.