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Fentanyl Detox and Withdrawal

This drug is extremely addictive and highly dangerous when taken without the supervision of a medical professional. 

Luckily, specific fentanyl detox programs can help people get off the drug safely and achieve a successful recovery. 

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Fentanyl Detox/Withdrawal Causes

Between 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, fentanyl is highly addictive. So when someone begins to detox from fentanyl, it will happen rapidly. This happens due to fentanyl’s short half-life within the body. 

Because fentanyl has a short half-life, the euphoric feeling someone experiences after taking it quickly fades after the first few doses. To overcome their body’s tolerance to fentanyl’s effects, some will increase the amount they take and put themselves at additional risk for a fatal overdose. 

Opioids like fentanyl can influence the body in the following ways: 

  • Reduce breath and heart rates to dangerously low levels.
  • Produce feelings of pleasure or relaxation. 
  • Reduce pain signals to the brain via the spinal cord, which sends messages from the brain to the body, and vice versa. 

These functions on the body can cause irreversible damage to the brain matter if left untreated. 

Fentanyl and Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms 

Opioid withdrawal is often compared to bad cold or flu symptoms. Fentanyl withdrawal is known for its quick onset. If done improperly, fentanyl detox will result in death. 

There is a wide array of symptoms someone may experience when detoxing from prescription opioids such as fentanyl, including: 

  • excessive sweating
  • chills and spasms
  • hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • nausea and vomiting 
  • diarrhea and stomach pain
  • watery eyes and runny nose (flu-like)
  • excessive yawning 
  • anxiety and depression
  • exhaustion
  • agitation and irritability
  • trouble sleeping, breathing, and rapid heartbeat

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Fentanyl Detox Timeline

Withdrawal timelines will vary from one person to the next, but generally, symptoms can begin between 12 and 24 hours after the last dose. Detox symptoms will peak around the 48-hour mark and linger for about one week. 

After the first week of detox, post-acute withdrawal symptoms (PAWS) can set in, especially for people who have abused fentanyl for a long time. Although physical symptoms tend to subside after week one, behavioral symptoms such as depressed mood, anxiety, and cravings, can last for months or even years after stopping fentanyl. 

Ongoing support and maintenance are vital to ensuring someone with a fentanyl use disorder remains in recovery. 

Fentanyl Medical Detox Programs: What to Expect

Fentanyl can be dangerous to detox from alone. That’s why a medical detox program is highly recommended for people looking to stop abusing fentanyl. 

1. Initial medical screenings for incoming patients to address physical and mental health concerns. A comprehensive medical, psychological, and drug history review ensures the patient receives the proper long-term addiction treatment. 

2. Behavioral therapies and prescription medications stabilize the patient and prevent further harm. In some cases, detox medications may be prescribed to reduce withdrawal symptoms. 

3. Finally, the fentanyl detox program prepares patients for inpatient treatment. Because fentanyl withdrawal symptoms can continue for an unknown amount of time, relapse is more likely to occur. Continuing to an inpatient program after completing a detox will help increase the chances of long-term recovery. 

How Does Fentanyl Withdrawal Differ from Other Opioids?

Fentanyl is available in an extended-release form, which means that the drug is slowly released into the bloodstream and lingers for longer. Once someone stops taking this version of fentanyl, it may take longer to reach its half-life causing withdrawal symptoms to show up later than usual. No matter what version of fentanyl is taken, help can be found at a medical detox center. 

Fentanyl Detox Risks and Casualties

In 2020, there were 56,000 overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids such as fentanyl in the U.S. 

This is why it is never recommended to stop taking fentanyl or any opioid “cold turkey.” Doing this can cause the body to go into shock, resulting in permanent damage or death. Tapering is the safest way to come off opioids like fentanyl, as it prevents the body from undergoing rapid removal. 

Fentanyl Detoxification Questions

Consider the following questions when considering a fentanyl medical detox program: 

1. Are you abusing more than one substance?

Taking more than one illegal drug at once can complicate your treatment plan. Your body is always trying to stay in homeostasis, and when you remove more than one substance, it depends on at once, the result can be fatal. Make sure you are truthful with yourself and your detox center of choice, as this information can seriously impact your recovery. 

2. Do you have a co-occurring mental health disorder?

Often, fentanyl abuse starts with a mental health disorder. However, it is also common for people to develop mental health issues after starting to abuse fentanyl as well. Behavioral problems are typical in addiction and should be appropriately handled after detox in an inpatient treatment center. 

3. How severe is the opioid use disorder (OUD)?

It doesn’t take more than a few doses to become addicted to fentanyl. Due to its potency, fentanyl detox requires medical supervision to ensure the safety of the individual. 

 

Finding an Oxycodone Detox Program 

Ready to take your life back? Don’t let the fear of going through withdrawal stop you from quitting fentanyl. The addiction treatment specialists at Desert Rose Detox are ready to help you reclaim your life. Reach us today by calling (844) 427-3509 or requesting information online.

Sources: 

https://nida.nih.gov/publications/drugfacts/fentanyl

https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000949.htm

https://www.dea.gov/factsheets/fentanyl

https://www.cdc.gov/opioids/basics/fentanyl.html

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