Fentanyl Detox

  • Generic Name or Active Ingridient: Fentanyl

Fentanyl is a very potent narcotic analgesic that is synthetic and requires a prescription from a doctor. It's used to treat breakthrough pain and persistent chronic pain that does not respond to treatment with other opiates.

Detoxing from Fentanyl and other opiates can be dangerous, difficult and painful. Professional medical advice doesn't advocate trying to detox on your own.

What Is Fentanyl?

Fentanyl comes in different forms; the two most commonly prescribed are Duragesic and Actiq. Duragesic is a high concentration of Fentanyl that comes in transdermal skin patches and is used to treat moderate to severe pain that is expected to last for some time. Actiq is a solid form of Fentanyl on a stick. This lollipop-type medication dissolves slowly in the mouth for transmucosal absorption. Actiq is effective with treating breakthrough cancer pain.

Fentanyl has a rapid onset and is believed to be more potent than morphine. Both forms should not be used unless you are already being treated with a similar opioid pain medication and your body is already tolerant. Both Duragesic and Actiq have a high potential for abuse and misuse.

Types of Fentanyl Detox

Prescription medications such as Fentanyl should only be taken as directed. Modifying the medication's dose with the intention of abuse can lead to serious problems with addiction and may require opiate detox.

  • Self Detox
  • Colloquially called "Cold Turkey"
  • Natural Remedies
  • Thomas
  • Other "natural detox methods"
  • Medical Detox
  • Outpatient
  • Inpatient
  • Treat the individual symptoms of the withdrawal
  • Rapid Opiate Detox

Detoxing "cold turkey" from Fentanyl is not recommended because it can be extremely dangerous. Medical supervision during detox is encouraged in either an inpatient treatment facility or through an outpatient program. Fentanyl withdrawal can be intense with painful side effects and strong cravings. Undoubtedly, opiate detox using the "cold turkey method" will result in some form of physical and psychological withdrawal.

Natural Self-Detox Remedies

Programs using supplements or alternative remedies for detox purposes can be hazardous. Many of these methods are not effective for a long-term recovery. Several websites encourage using "The Thomas Recipe" to detox safely from opiates. "The Thomas Recipe" advocates that patients slowly taper opiate use by substituting with benzodiazepines such as Klonopin.

"Benzos," as they're sometimes called, offer a calm and sedating effect that helps to ease the symptoms of withdrawal. Patients are also encouraged to include vitamin and mineral supplements to increase energy and minimize joint stiffness. Imodium may also be needed during this process to alleviate stomach issues. Long soaks in a hot bath or Jacuzzi will also benefit the patient and reduce body aches and restlessness.

Another option for combating opiate addiction is Kratom. This plant from Southeast Asia and its leaves are harvested for medicinal purposes. It is believed that this leaf can minimize or even eliminate the immediate symptoms of withdrawal. This drug is legal but is unregulated. Side effects and risks can vary. Some known reactions to Kratom are possible dependency, hallucinations, delusions and possible overdose.

Ibogaine is another medication that people can use to deal with opiate addiction. Ibogaine is a naturally occurring psychoactive alkaloid found in the West African shrub Iboga. This drug has the capacity to temporarily eliminate substance related cravings. However, Ibogaine's safety is not well known and it is banned in the US. It is speculated that it can react negatively with some medications and possibly complicate other medical conditions.

Medical Detox From Fentanyl Includes Inpatient And Outpatient Detox

Medical detox from opiates is any treatment done in a facility that offers some form of medical intervention. Some are quick detox procedures done in a strip mall or clinic. They may treat the patients quickly and send them on their way with no follow up. Some other detox procedures are more legitimate and done in a facility that offers medical supervision by a doctor, making the process much safer and more effective.

Outpatient treatment for fentanyl addiction can involve replacement medications and other therapies that would require patients to visit a clinic daily.

Inpatient medical detox for Fentanyl addiction is generally viewed as the safer, more thorough approach to treatment. This option focuses on individual symptoms of withdrawal such as nausea, body aches and agitation and works to ease the patient through the process. Inpatient medical detox is performed in a hospital and involves additional treatment in an aftercare facility.

Rapid Opiate Detox Is A Worthwhile Option For Those Suffering From Addiction

Rapid Opiate Detoxification can be an effective option if the right program is selected. This procedure physically detoxifies the body of Fentanyl in a short amount of time. If this treatment is legitimate, it will be performed in a hospital and medical assistance will be available throughout the process. Intravenous medication is administered to purge the body of the physical addiction to opiates at the receptor sites. This occurs while the patient rests under deep sedation.

Rapid Detox can be done in less than 2 hours. A hospital stay of 2-5 days is preferred after treatment to closely monitor the patient. An aftercare program is encouraged to facilitate the patient's transition to an opiate-free life.

Our Rapid Detox Center Known As Leader In The Field Of Rapid Opiate Detox

Many other companies try to imitate the our rapid detox center because of its success. However, these companies cannot compare. Based in Southern California among, Florida and Chicago, our rapid detox center provides safe and effective detox performed under deep sedation in an accredited Long Beach Hospital. Prior to the procedure, the patient must undergo a thorough medical examination to verify he or she is well enough to go through this detox.

While under deep sedation, patients experience opiate withdrawal, allowing them to forgo most of the physical symptoms and wake ready to start their long-term recovery. For over a decade our rapid detox center has worked to perfect its treatment. People from around the world have been treated with our rapid detox center and many have maintained their sobriety with great success.

Fentanyl Detox Comparisons

Some other companies

    • Administer rapid detox in an outpatient facility
    • Send patients home or to a hotel to recover
    • Offer minimal supervision during critical recovery process
    • Do not put safety at the forefront of their services

Our Rapid Detox Center ALWAYS

    • Makes all effort to ensure safety during detox
    • Medical staff is present from start to finish
    • Patients condition monitored closely
    • Recovery conducted in a hospital

Fentanyl Home Detoxification: Possible Risks

Detoxing alone from Fentanyl can be extremely dangerous especially if complications occur. Withdrawal from Fentanyl can be agonizing and is often what catapults patients back into their drug use. A professional detox can increase the success of recovery providing safety and easing withdrawal.

Patients often disregard their health while in the throes of addiction. Because of this neglect, there is potential for unknown medical problems. An unsupervised detox can exacerbate these problems. Other conditions can develop as a result of addiction and may have also been overlooked.

Fentanyl Detox Possible Complications

*Self Detox Possible Complications: May not be the best decision because of the withdrawal. An unsupervised detox can be quite severe depending on the time the patient has been on Fentanyl and the amount he or she is taking. Some possible symptoms that people can suffer from are weak pulse and respiratory depression.

*Outpatient Detox Possible Complications: Outpatient Detox does not allow for the medical oversight that is imperative during Fentanyl detox.

*Inpatient Detox Possible Complications: During inpatient treatment complications can still occur. It is important for patients to choose a reputable facility with a highly competent medical staff in order to reduce risk. Safety is essential.

*Rapid Detox Possible Complications: Prior to rapid detox, patients need to be monitored thoroughly. Possible complications can occur from anesthesia such as an allergic reaction or infection.

Fentanyl Detox Myths

*Self Detox Myths: Regardless of what some may say, self-detox may be a risky option. The short cuts recommended may have a less than favorable outcome. A lot of information out there fails to mention the increased possibility of relapse following self detox. This brings about the increased risk of overdose. The patient's tolerance drops after detox and if relapse occurs, rapid Fentanyl absorption could be deadly.

*Outpatient Detox Myths: This approach only focuses on the physical aspect of addiction. Simply addressing only one issue of dependence may not be enough to sustain a long-term recovery.

*Inpatient Detox Myths: It is believed that all inpatient treatment programs are time consuming, expensive and painful. However, there are options out there that are affordable, flexible and put patient safety first.

*Rapid Detox Myths: Some believe that this method is nothing more than a short cut and the chance for a complete recovery is not possible. However, there are reputable facilities that have proven track records of success. These facilities offer the patient the attention, safety and comfort needed to heal from addiction.

Fentanyl Detox For Pregnant Women

During pregnancy, the only approved method of treatment is methadone. Self Detox during pregnancy is not recommended because of the possible danger to mother and fetus. Both will experience withdrawal symptoms. Methadone is available through outpatient clinics. However, an expectant mother would benefit from inpatient care. An inpatient facility would allow the mother access to constant medical care for prenatal monitoring and therapy to deal with the psychological effects of opiate addiction. Medical oversight is imperative for pregnant women during opiate treatment.

Fentanyl Detox Symptoms

Dependence and tolerance to Fentanyl can build quickly. If you have developed a dependency to this medication, it is highly probable that you will have some of the following symptoms during withdrawal.

    • Abdominal Pain
    • Constipation
    • Loss of Appetite
    • Insomnia
    • Irritability
    • Confusion
    • Anxiety
    • Hot Flashes
    • Excessive Sweating
    • Muscle Aches
    • Tremors
    • Rapid Breathing

Symptoms of Fentanyl withdrawal can vary by person and may begin within a few hours of their last dose. A variety of symptoms can occur during this process and can last for days or perhaps weeks. Withdrawal symptoms can be controlled and lessened through medication and additional therapies depending on which treatment approach you chose.

Most treatment programs can minimize physical withdrawal symptoms within a short amount of time. However, psychological opiate withdrawal can linger. If the psychological aspect of addiction is not addressed immediately following detox, symptoms such as depression and anxiety may continue increasing the risk of opiate relapse. Choosing the right Fentanyl treatment program is an extremely important decision that will greatly impact the success of recovery.

Fentanyl detox can last for days or weeks; this time depends on the nature of the user. Factors such as length of use, dosage, pain tolerance and medical history determine how long physical withdrawal will take.

What Is The Best Option For Fentanyl Detox?

This is a decision that is best approached with all available information. Take the time to research different options for treatment and opinions of others in opiate recovery. Really consider what would be the best option for your own specific needs regarding time, location and safety.

As you will find, the answer to this question depends solely on you, your wants, needs, current medical condition and past experience with drug treatment programs. You deserve to have the best possible chance at a long-term recovery. There is no one type of treatment that works for everyone. You need to pick the one that best fits you in order to ensure success.

Find the support you need during this important decision-making process. We are here to answer your questions and openly discuss your options. For more information, call us.