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Duragesic Side Effects

Fentanyl molecules

Duragesic side effects can commonly include constipation, nausea and sedation. Duragesic is the brand name for fentanyl, a very potent opiate medication used for pain relief. It comes in transdermal patch form and is used to treat breakthrough cancer pain that can’t be controlled by other medications. It is also available by prescription only. Furthermore, Duragesic is a powerful tool in the battle for pain relief, but has a high potential for abuse and addiction.

Side effects and potential risks are on the drug’s label so patients know exactly how to take Duragesic, to avoid complications. For example, these risks can include drug interactions, allergic reactions, physical and psychological dependence, overdose, withdrawal and the need for medically-monitored detox. Patients should only take Duragesic according to the doctor’s directions. More importantly, misusing it or abusing it in any way can have dangerous, even fatal, consequences. Taking the drug in combination with alcohol, sleeping pills, tranquilizers, other narcotic medications and some over-the-counter preparations can magnify the side effects.

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Constipation and Other Possible Side Effects with Duragesic

Many patients on Duragesic therapy report sluggish bowel movements. For many, constipation is a relatively mild and temporary condition that can be easily treated. However, Duragesic can interfere with normal elimination by relaxing the smooth muscle in intestines and preventing them from contracting and expelling waste. With regular use of Duragesic, stools can become rock hard, blocking the bowels. In severe cases, bowels can rupture, leading to sepsis or death. It may take new patients’ bodies a few days to adjust when first starting a prescription.

Side effects can include the following:

  • sedation
  • euphoria
  • dizziness
  • fatigue
  • depression
  • tremors
  • sleeplessness
  • anxiousness
  • flu-like symptoms
  • upset stomach
  • dry mouth
  • pupil constriction
  • itching
  • hallucination
  • delirium
  • sweating
  • muscle and bone pain
  • confusion
  • extreme irritability
  • muscle spasms

Additionally, more severe side effects can include:

  • severe respiratory depression
  • confusion or stupor
  • coma
  • clammy skin
  • circulatory collapse
  • cardiac arrest

In conclusion, any sign of these should prompt immediate medical attention.

Confidential Duragesic Treatment Offers Unparalleled Safety and Success Rates

The Waismann Method Opioid Treatment Specialists can rid you of Duragesic addiction in a matter of days with our pioneering rapid detox and medically assisted detox programs. We aim to offer compassionate, safe treatment that optimizes patients’ chances for returning to a normal life within days. Our program is also completely confidential. First, our in-hospital program begins with thorough diagnostic tests and screenings. From there, the physician administers medication intravenously while managing vitals. Of note, our treatment is completely opiate-free so there is no need for a second detox. Then, our Domus Retreat aftercare facility offers continued treatment in a comfortable, therapeutic and serene environment. Here, patients can continue working on recovery to address any underlying issues and better themselves physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. This can be achieved with individual and group therapy, counseling, massage, acupuncture and other therapies.

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