Constipation, nausea and sedation are among the more common side effects of Duragesic, the brand name for fentanyl, a very potent opiate medication used for pain relief. Duragesic comes in transdermal patch form and is used to treat breakthrough cancer pain that can’t be controlled by other medications. It is available by prescription only. 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 spelled out on the drug’s label so patients know exactly how to take Duragesic so as to avoid complications. These risks can include interactions, allergic reactions, physical and psychological dependence, overdose, withdrawal and the need for medically-monitored detox. Duragesic should be used only as prescribed. 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.
Constipation and Other Possible with Duragesic Side Effects
Many patients on Duragesic therapy report sluggish bowel movements. For many, constipation is a relatively mild and temporary condition that can be easily treated. 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 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 and muscle spasms. Severe side effects can include severe respiratory depression, confusion or stupor, coma, clammy skin, circulatory collapse and cardiac arrest. Any sign of these should prompt immediate medical attention.
Confidential Duragesic Treatment Offers Unparalleled Safety and Success Rates
The Waismann Method of rapid detox can rid you of Duragesic addiction in a matter of days with our pioneering rapid detox program. 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. Our in-hospital program begins with thorough diagnostic tests. From there, medication is administered intravenously by a doctor while patients sleep for a short time under deep sedation. The accelerated withdrawal occurs during this procedure, so patients awake without the awareness of the symptoms they experienced. Our treatment is completely opiate-free so there is no need for a second detox. Our Domus Retreat aftercare facility offers continued treatment in a spa-like, 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, biofeedback and other therapies.